FYI [CNET] Registries prepare for domain crush

Andy Mueller-Maguhn (by way of chiari mario <>) andy a CCC.DE
Mer 16 Maggio 2001 00:59:27 CEST

FYI mario
Registries prepare for domain crush

Lisa M. Bowman


May 7, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO--Companies in charge of the newest top-level domains on
Monday gave a glimpse of their plans for handling the online land grab
that's sure to follow the launch of new Internet addresses.

Speaking before an audience of attorneys at the International Trademark
Association's annual meeting here, companies administering the .info, .pro,
.name and .biz domains vowed to protect the rights of intellectual property
holders as they introduce the new addresses.

Kent Jordan, who represented .info registry Afilias, said the process has
been challenged by people who believe that trademark holders should not
have first crack at domain names containing their names. "We reject that,"
he told the audience.

Last November, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
approved seven new top-level, .pro, .name, . biz, .aero,
.coop and .museum--to be added to the current offerings of .com, .net and
.org. The additions mark the largest change to the Internet address system
since it was started.

When the new domains become available--which in some cases will happen
early this summer--citizens, companies, protesters and families are
expected to flood registrars in an attempt to score a prime piece of
Internet real estate.

Because they were addressing a packed room of trademark attorneys, each
registry representative tried to answer the most controversial question
about the new process: How do companies and trademark owners protect their
rights as the new domains go online?

Nearly every company said it would implement a "sunrise period," a 30- to
45-day window during which trademark owners could come forward to stake a
claim to the domain name containing their mark (such as
RegistryPro, which will oversee .pro; Global Name Registry, which will
administer .name; and Afilias, which will be in charge of .info, all had
such a plan.

Only NeuLevel, the company that will oversee .biz, will not offer a sunrise
period. Instead, the company plans a more elaborate system through which
companies will have to submit intellectual property claims to their mark
that will then be judged for authenticity.

Even the registry of .name, a top-level domain designed to let individuals
and families nab a new Internet home, will work with corporate bigwigs to
combat cybersquatting. The company is allowing owners of names such as
"Harry Potter" or "Mickey Mouse" to file early claims to those monikers.

How easy will it be for the little guy to secure space using the new
domains? Not very. Although the process opens the potential for many more
names than currently exist, there are severe restrictions on most domains.

For example, those that use .biz must be commercial sites--although the
registry says it plans to use a random domain name assignment process to
ensure, for example, that United Airlines and businesses with a trademark
on the word "United" have equal shots at the domain name.

The domain .aero is reserved for airplane-related companies, and .pro is
limited to certain professionals, such as doctors, lawyers and accountants,
with architects and engineers soon to follow.

Elana Broitman, a lawyer representing RegistryPro, told the room full of
fellow attorneys that such restrictions will naturally hinder abuse because
those professions have a higher level of ethics than other groups and
"would be less likely to cybersquat."

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