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White House Opposes .xxx TLD

The White House is opposing the creation of the new .xxx domain extension over “concerns about a virtual red-light district reserved exclusively for Internet pornography.” The Commerce Department has asked for the TLD contract to be placed on hold after they received nearly 6,000 letters and email complaints that expressed concern over the new TLD. [...] Continue reading


Private Domains are Not Always Private

Private domain registrations are supposed to keep your contact information private in the whois database, but new reports demonstrate that this is not always the case. Alan Cordle had created a website using GoDaddy’s Domains By Proxy service. His website illustrated ethical problems in high-level poetry competitions. Because his wife is a poet, he utilized [...] Continue reading


.iq Returned to Iraq

ICANN recently announced that the organization decided to return the .iq TLD to an Iraqi Government body, the National Communications and Media Commission (NCMC). ICANN took over the domain after the warn in Iraq began, believing the country was too unstable to manage the ccTLD. Since then, the domain has been in limbo until the [...] Continue reading


ICANN Lifts .net Price Caps

ICANN agreed to life the price caps on .net domain registrations in its renewal contract with VeriSign, the company who manages the TLD. The current price cap of $4.25 expires at the end of 2006 and after that, all restrictions expire. [...] Continue reading


VeriSign Wins .net Renewal

VeriSign has been awarded a renewal contract to manage the .net domain extension for the next six years. Though ICANN made the deal official, the decision comes as no surprise. [...] Continue reading


Cybersquatting the Pope’s Name

More than 2 ½ months before the new pope selected his papacy name, Rogers Cadenhead of Florida registered in addition to several other possibilities. Rogers claims that he did not buy the name to profit, but that if he had not purchased it, other cybersquatters would have done so. The domain now points to [...] Continue reading


ICANN in Spat with EnCirca

ICANN and EnCirca, a Domain Name Registrar, are in a spat regarding the .pro TLD. ICANN accuses EnCirca, a registrar who primarily services trademark owners, of “exploiting a loophole in its rules to offer the tightly restricted .pro domains to nonprofessionals.” RegistryPro, the organization that manages the .pro extension is being asked to provide details [...] Continue reading

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