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  • Vatican concerned over .xxx domain

    December 23, 2011

    Pope Benedict XVI can now relax this Christmas after rumours that a mystery buyer registered vatican.xxx this week have been quashed

  • UDRP review set for 2014

    December 21, 2011

    The GNSO Council has voted in favour of reviewing the UDRP and the URS but not until 18 months after Icann delegates the first new gTLDs into the root zone – expected to be early 2013

  • Domain names in 2012: a calendar

    December 21, 2011

    While the rollout of new gTLDs will be the highlight of 2012, ccTLDs, court cases and Icann’s new chief executive will all be of interest to Internet IP readers next year. Managing Internet IP provides a guide to expected developments

  • US agency demands five gTLD measures

    December 20, 2011

    A US government agency has urged Icann to make five changes to combat internet fraud before it approves any new gTLDs

  • Analysis: Jonathan Robinson on .xxx

    December 20, 2011

    IP Rota chief executive Jonathan Robinson explains what the recent .xxx sunrise suggests about future sunrise periods under the gTLD programme

  • SOPA vote delayed as lobbyists apply pressure

    December 16, 2011

    Following a markup attended by top industry lobbyists yesterday, a small but dedicated group of House Judiciary Committee members today forced the sponsor of controversial anti-piracy legislation to put off a final committee vote on the bill, possibly until 2012

  • ICM takes down “blatant” .xxx cybersquatters

    December 16, 2011

    ICM Registry targeted “blatant and undeniable” cybersquatters this week after suspending 50 to 70 .xxx domains without using any form of arbitration

  • The Managing IP quiz of 2011

    December 15, 2011

    Win a free place at a Managing IP meeting of your choice in 2012 by answering our 20 questions on developments in the past year

  • Interview: Sedo’s Tim Schumacher on gTLDs

    December 15, 2011

    Former Sedo chief executive Tim Schumacher spoke to Managing IP about how new gTLDs will affect domain prices and which gTLDs will be most profitable for brand owners

  • Amended rogue sites bill faces key vote

    December 15, 2011

    The sponsor of legislation in the US House of Representatives targeting rogue websites has proposed significant revisions to his bill in anticipation of today’s vote in the House Judiciary Committee

  • Icann decides how to manage gTLD batches

    December 14, 2011

    Icann will use a “secondary time stamp” system to manage batches of gTLD applications next year because a random selection system would breach California gambling laws

  • Interview: Sarah Langstone, VeriSign – preparing for gTLDs’ launch

    December 12, 2011

    As director of product management at VeriSign, Sarah Langstone is responsible for educating brands about the new gTLD programme and said she has no time to rest before the application period opens

  • Nominet eager to discuss domain seizure proposals

    December 12, 2011

    Nominet’s senior legal counsel has admitted his growing frustration at a working group that was asked to propose policy changes on seizing .uk domains

  • UDRP sparks debate at INTA meeting

    December 12, 2011

    The UDRP continues to divide opinions in the IP community, despite an Icann report this year that said reviewing the system should be delayed

  • Uncertainty over gTLD brand protection

    December 12, 2011

    Panellists at INTA’s conference on gTLDs last week tried to appease attendees’ concerns about trade mark protection but admitted they were uncertain about how at least two rights-protection mechanisms will work

  • US Senate hearing: 1,500 gTLD applications expected

    December 09, 2011

    US senators and internet stakeholders yesterday expressed concern about consumer confusion and cost to brand owners at the prospect of up to 1,500 applications for new gTLDs

  • US senators to question gTLD witnesses

    December 07, 2011

    Tomorrow, US senators will cross-examine five witnesses following criticism of the gTLD programme, but lawyers, registrars and Icann say the hearing will not delay the DNS’s expansion

  • Canada Supreme Court in copyright spree

    December 07, 2011

    Canada’s Supreme Court is hearing five cases this week, in a historic burst of activity that could fundamentally reshape copyright protection in the country

  • Case report: Supreme Court considers digital copyright cases

    December 06, 2011

    The Supreme Court of Canada yesterday heard the first day of oral arguments in two cases centred on whether copyright infringement is triggered through downloading of digital media

  • Icann to vote on gTLD funding requirement

    December 05, 2011

    Icann’s board of directors will meet this week to vote on the controversial continued operations fund (COF) after its public comment period closed on December 2

  • High Court begins to hear iiNet v AFACT

    December 01, 2011

    A Canberra court room is hearing the final arguments this week in a long-running copyright dispute that could set out what ISPs need to do to avoid an accusation of authorising infringement

  • Chanel to seize hundreds of sites under court order

    November 30, 2011

    A federal judge in Las Vegas has authorised Chanel to seize hundreds of domain names of sites showing "good cause" that they are selling counterfeit products, and has ordered search engines and social media sites not to promote the sites through links

  • White House stops short of endorsing rogue sites bill

    November 30, 2011

    The focus of debate in Washington is on IP enforcement, but Obama administration officials at a White House event yesterday declined to weigh in on controversial House and Senate bills that would give the attorney general more power to crack down on copyright and trade mark violations online

  • Obama administration to educate public on fakes

    November 29, 2011

    US attorney general Eric Holder Tuesday announced a new public service campaign linking counterfeit products to criminal gangs and US job losses

  • Aussie ISPs give helping hand to rights holders

    November 29, 2011

    Copyright owners in Australia may be given the power to warn consumers who are suspected of downloading illegally and could even access their personal details before taking court action

  • ICE seizes sites before cyber Monday

    November 28, 2011

    The US government has made its latest crackdown on websites suspected of selling counterfeit goods in advance of today’s busiest online shopping day of the year

  • Nominet forced to delay plans for seizing .uk domains

    November 25, 2011

    Groups protesting about freedom of expression on the internet have managed to delay proposed changes to Nominet’s policy on allowing the police to seize .uk domains suspected of facilitating crime

  • What the Sabam decision means for rights owners

    November 24, 2011

    Today's decision by the Court of Justice will make it harder for rights owners to force ISPs to help them fight illegal downloading

  • Donahey says Octogen line will not die

    November 24, 2011

    A UDRP panellist who first adopted the so-called Octogen line of thinking on bad faith has insisted the doctrine will be revived despite receiving another blow

  • Sabam loses ISP blocking case

    November 24, 2011

    Courts in EU member states cannot issue wide-ranging orders forcing ISPs to block users’ access to copyright-infringing material, Europe’s highest court ruled today

  • Managing IP’s guide to the Sabam v Scarlet dispute

    November 23, 2011

    Tomorrow, Europe’s highest court will hand down an important ruling clarifying whether rights owners can ask courts to force ISPs to prevent users from accessing copyright-infringing material. Managing IP explains more

  • Academic calls for more UDRP studies

    November 23, 2011

    An academic who urged Icann to address the UDRP’s fair use defence has called on others to conduct further studies to determine the practicality of his findings

  • Businesses demand date for second gTLD application round

    November 21, 2011

    Global businesses have urged Icann to say when a second round of gTLD applications will open so that registrants are not forced into a panicked decision next year

  • Congress targets counterfeit drugs

    November 18, 2011

    Counterfeit pharmaceuticals were a focus of the House and Senate this week, as legislation was introduced in both bodies and a House hearing highlighted another bill aimed at thwarting online sales of fake drugs

  • Ericsson calls for file-sharing debate

    November 18, 2011

    Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson has published an opinion paper in Australia that reveals the extent of the disagreements there between copyright owners and internet service providers over online enforcement

  • Porn site sues Icann and ICM over .xxx

    November 17, 2011

    The owner of website YouPorn has sued ICM Registry and Icann for allegedly conspiring to breach anti-competition laws before, during and after the implementation of .xxx

  • Swedish ISP suffers blow from CJEU

    November 17, 2011

    Sweden can require an ISP to reveal the name of a subscriber, despite having not implemented data retention law, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU said today

  • Artists sue CBS for providing P2P software

    November 17, 2011

    Musicians and actors led by billionaire Alki David have again sued CBS Interactive and CNET for facilitating “massive copyright infringement in naked pursuit of profits”

  • Google challenges rogue sites bill

    November 16, 2011

    A House bill that targets so-called rogue web sites has sparked a battle between technology companies and IP owners that some members of Congress called the most volatile in more than a decade

  • UK court seeks clarity over broadcasting rules

    November 16, 2011

    The High Court in London is to ask Europe’s top court to clarify whether live internet streaming of free-to-air channels is lawful

  • US court charges suspected advertising fraudsters

    November 16, 2011

    A New York attorney has charged seven Europeans with making $14 million from a sophisticated advertising fraud scam which infected 4 million computers in 100 countries

  • Lego beaten in UDRP by re-seller

    November 14, 2011

    Lego has suffered only its second UDRP defeat in nearly 300 cases, despite another company selling Lego products to finance its healthcare business

  • Tips for staying safe in social media

    November 14, 2011

    Astroturfing, sock puppetry and flogging: three practices you don’t want to be caught doing on the web, according to panellists at last week’s INTA Leadership Meeting

  • Icann urged to address fair use in UDRP

    November 14, 2011

    The UDRP should be revised to ensure greater consistency in the interpretation of the fair use defence, according to a Cambridge University researcher

  • ccTLDs increase sharply in 2011

    November 10, 2011

    The number of ccTLDs has increased significantly in 2011, reversing a downward trend that began in 2007

  • Businesses consult US government over gTLDs

    November 10, 2011

    Nearly 90 business associations and global brands have joined together to “aggressively fight” the gTLD programme, labelling it destructive and unwanted

  • Interview: Peter Dengate-Thrush

    November 09, 2011

    Speaking exclusively to Managing IP, former Icann chairman Peter Dengate-Thrush defends his controversial move to Top Level Domain Holdings and says attempts to halt the gTLD programme are late and misguided

  • Interview: Dickel Sooriah, co-founder GroupCamp

    November 07, 2011

    At the end of September French software developer GroupCamp received a letter from Texas-based non-practising entity Lodsys accusing it of infringing its patents and inviting it to negotiate a licence. Now its founders have launched a website asking companies in the same situation to pool their knowledge and share prior art to defeat Lodsys’s patents. Managing IP spoke to Dickel Sooriah about GroupCamp’s unusual tactics

  • Speedo swims to victory over blogger

    November 07, 2011

    Speedo was so concerned about its clean reputation in Australia that it went to court to shut down a blogger who was using its brands on salacious websites, and last week won a wide-ranging order

  • Afnic to handle .fr disputes

    November 04, 2011

    Dot-fr regulator Afnic will have new powers to resolve domain disputes from November 21 2011 when it introduces a dispute resolution system

  • Welsh government refuses money for gTLD

    November 04, 2011

    The Welsh government will not use taxpayers’ money to support applicants for the .cymru gTLD, according to business minister Edwina Hart

  • Ru-Center wins appeal over Cyrillic domains

    November 03, 2011

    Russia's largest registrar has avoided a $7.8 million fine after a court upheld an appeal over competition law breaches following the launch of the Cyrillic version of the .ru domain

  • Karen Millen loses UDRP complaint against rogue site

    November 03, 2011

    A UDRP case has reemphasised that trade mark owners must provide substantial evidence to show that goods sold through suspected rogue domains are counterfeits

  • Hill leaders promote anti-piracy bills

    November 02, 2011

    Bipartisan bills targeting online infringement will continue to advance, supporters of the legislation vowed Wednesday at a Capitol Hill press conference

  • Public criticises .ca proposal

    November 01, 2011

    Cybersquatters will “blackmail” Canadian .ca domain owners if registrants are allowed to buy domains containing non-Latin characters, according to comments posted on the latest IDN plans

  • Hadopi approach: listen first, sue later

    November 01, 2011

    French anti-piracy watchdog Hadopi is investigating 100 people who it alleges have repeatedly shared copyright-protected material on peer-to-peer networks

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