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27 Feb 2008

The Front Running Class Action Suit ICANN
In a recent
press release, Los Angeles law firm Kabateck Brown Kellner says it's filed a class action suit against Network Solutions and ICANN for front running. (If you tuned in late, NetSol admits that if you query a domain name on their web site, they will speculatively register it so that it's only available through NetSol for five days, at their above market price.) This is a very peculiar suit.

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16 Feb 2008

We're CAN SPAM compliant! Whoopee. Email
Recently, several of my friends
have been writing about mailers who boast that they're compliant with CAN SPAM. Here's our distilled advice in one handy word: don't.

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Dot travel continues to head down the tubes ICANN

Last year I wrote two blog entries on the dire state of Tralliance, owner of the .travel registry, which was bailed out at the last minute by a large loan from the registry's controlling shareholder, Michael Egan. Since then they've taken some decisive steps on the road to irrelevance.

Originally, they had strict rules about who was allowed to register, basically only members of a list of well known industry associations. As of December 21, they have new rules that seem to limit registrants to anyone who shows the faintest interest, with a preference to bulk registrations. (If you followed the history of .aero, the deja vú is intense.) In September, they sold their search engine for about $300K to a company controlled by Egan, stating they needed the cash to stay in business. Then, according to an SEC filing, Labigroup, another company controlled by Egan, has agreed to buy at least 25,000 .travel domains, producing over $250,000 of simulated revenue which looks an awful lot like taking money out of one pocket, waving it around, and then putting it back in one's other pocket, particularly since another SEC filing two weeks ago reveals that current owner is selling Tralliance to yet another LLC owned directly by Egan.

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06 Feb 2008

Neustar and Afilias jump on the No Tasting bandwagon ICANN
a message posted to the ICANN GNSO list, Avri Doria forwarded along a most interesting document from Neustar, who runs the .biz domain.

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03 Feb 2008

There's a lot of money in domain tasting ICANN
Dell's anti-tasting suit that I wrote about
in December has been heating up, according to court documents filed in January. There's been a lot of predictable legal skirmishing in which the defendant registrars deny that they're also the registrants, claim that they're really outside the US so they haven't been served, argue about some server disks that the allegedly non-US defendant has at a data center in Florida, and so forth, but what really jumps out are the arguments about how much money this suit is (again allegedly) costing the defendants.

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