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  • Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 22:32:30 +1000 (EST)
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    • Internet overseeing organisation ICANN has backed down in
      its battle with the rest of the world and conceded that it
      cannot expect to dictate policy over countries outside the
      ICANN Preliminary Report Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board
      in Montréal
      ICANN's Transition Board of Directors held a meeting in
      Montréal, Canada, on 26 June 2003. Directors Vint Cerf
      (chairman), Amadeu Abril i Abril, Karl Auerbach (joined the
      meeting while in progress), Ivan Moura Campos, Lyman
      Chapin, Jonathan Cohen, Mouhamet Diop, Masanobu Katoh (via
      teleconference), Hans Kraaijenbrink, Sang-Hyon Kyong,
      Stuart Lynn, Andy Mueller-Maguhn, Alejandro Pisanty, Nii
      Quaynor, Helmut Schink (via teleconference, departed while
      meeting in progress), Francisco da Silva, Paul Twomey, and
      Linda S. Wilson participated. Vint Cerf served as chair of
      the meeting. The Board adopted the following resolutions:
      ICANN approves framework for greater public input
      After coming under heavy criticism in the past for not
      giving individual users enough voice in how it runs the
      Internet, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
      Numbers (ICANN) wrapped up its meeting in Montreal this
      week having put in place a framework for organizing
      participation from the user community.
      ICANN Makes Peace, Forms ccNSO
      After four years of debate and negotiation, the global
      organization that regulates domain names Thursday said it
      has reached an agreement to let more groups participate in
      decisions affecting how the Internet is run.
      ICANN - Establishment of new sTLDs: Request for Proposals
      This Request for Proposal (RFP) is being issued by ICANN to
      solicit applications for a limited number of new Sponsored
      Top-Level-Domains (sTLDs). It is issued in response to a
      directive to ICANN staff by the ICANN Board of Directors at
      its meeting in Amsterdam on 15 December, 2002, following
      submission by then President Stuart Lynn of a Plan for
      Action regarding new TLDs in general. The Plan for Action
      itself was in response to a directive from the ICANN Board
      at its 23 August 2002 meeting.
      ICANN introduces new framework
      After coming under heavy criticism in the past for not
      giving individual users enough voice in how it runs the
      Internet, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
      Numbers (ICANN) wrapped up its meeting in Montreal this
      week having put in place a framework for organizing
      participation from the user community.
      Kiwi takes place at ICANN
      Wellingtonian Alick Wilson, recently appointed to a
      position at ICANN, says he’ll bring his experience as an
      internet “user and adviser” to the powerful international
      Review team surveys public on 2LD
      The InternetNZ working group reviewing the future of New
      Zealand's second level domain (2LD) has heard that a
      quarter of the respondents would prefer not to have a
      second level at all.
      Kiwi Internet domain name registrations poised to double
      The number of registered .nz domain names is poised to
      double if current trends continue, according to Derek
      Locke, Chief Executive of domain name registrar Domainz.
      Melbourne IT apologises over renewal blunder
      Melbourne IT was forced to apologise to its resellers
      earlier this month after a blunder saw renewal notices
      mailed directly to 3,000 of its partners' customers.
      In the Land of the Free
      With a global population of over 6 billion, ten generic top
      level domains, over 200 country codes and an Internet user
      community that numbers millions it is astounding that two
      US Congressmen believe it is exclusively their duty to
      table legislation without recourse to the myriad of country
      code registries and international governments.
      Police probe domain renewal firm
      Companies and consumers with .biz domain names have been
      warned to check carefully any unsolicited emails they
      receive asking them to renew the address.
      VeriSign Dodges Fraud Messes 
      When John William Racine hijacked Al-Jazeera's website in
      March, he didn't rely on fancy programming and sneaky data
      intercepts. He just made up a phony ID card, forged a
      signature and faxed a form to Network Solutions, the
      biggest registrar of domain names on the Net.,1367,59327,00.html
      Internet Becoming Candidates' Domain
      For six months now, former Vermont governor Howard Dean has
      been running an ever-expanding grass-roots campaign online,
      raising millions of dollars and bringing 128,000 passionate
      cybersupporters to his underdog presidential campaign.
      Site Snafu: Pageant of the Masters Tangled in Web of Porn
      Fans of Orange County's venerable Pageant of the Masters
      and Festival of Arts looking for information or tickets on
      the Internet may instead be ushered into a series of sites
      touting "hot lingerie photos," "100% Free Porn" and other
      adult unmentionables.
      ICANN Montreal: Real-Time Thoughts During the WHOIS Meeting
      - 1st Session
      I'm going to try something new here. I'm sitting here at
      the ICANN meeting on whois and I'll try to jot down some of
      my thoughts as they occur to me in reaction to what is
      being said:
      ICANN Montreal: Real-Time Thoughts During the WHOIS Meeting
      - 2nd Session
      John LoGalbo - a "law enforcement" type - is complaining
      how long it takes him to issue a subpoena. My thought is
      this: Why should our privacy suffer because his
      organization can't get its procedural act together?
      Montreal ICANN Meetings Creating Some Irritations
      Two controversial issues which were on the agenda of the
      Montreal ICANN meetings creating some irritation: the way
      of planning to create a country code support organization
      (ccNSO), and the discussions around the purpose and
      operation of WHOIS – the database of registrants of
      IP And The Internet: A Growing Need to Police Online
      The Internet and corresponding online world have radically
      expanded the landscape Intellectual Property professionals
      need to investigate when monitoring for possible
      infringements of their trademarks, brands and other
      intangible assets. With few barriers to entry, coupled with
      the ability to operate anonymously, the Internet has
      rapidly become a significant target for unscrupulous
      individuals hoping to take advantage of the easily
      accessible Intellectual Property assets of legitimate
      ICANN Reaches Landmark Agreement With Country Domains
      ICANN Mettings In Montreal, June 22-26, 2003The Internet
      Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
      concluded its Montreal meeting with a landmark agreement
      that cements the relationship between ICANN and the
      worldwide community of country-code top-level domain
      registries. "Today's agreement represents both a historic
      achievement for the ICANN process, and a powerful vote of
      confidence in the newly reformed ICANN 2.0," said Paul
      Twomey, ICANN's president and CEO.
      Ecuador: Andean Community Trademark - Domain Name Disputes
      (reg req'd)
      One of the more salient issues in intellectual property law
      has been the resolution of conflicts between rights holders
      in trademarks and domain name registrants. With the
      entrance into force of Decision 486 of the Andean Community
      Commission, the Andean Community nations (Bolivia,
      Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) have begun to
      implement measures which may address this issue. Article
      233 of Decision 486 provides that if a distinctive
      well-known sign is unlawfully registered in a member
      country as part of a domain name or electronic mail address
      by an unauthorized third party, the competent national
      authority may, at the request of the titleholder to the
      mark, order the cancellation or modification of the
      registration of the domain name or electronic mail address.
      The national authority may only order cancellation or
      modification if use of the domain name or electronic mail
      address may cause confusion regarding identical or similar
      business, activities, products or services or, with regard
      to different businesses, activities, products or services,
      if such use may cause "passing off", "blurring" or
      "tarnishing" as understood in U.S. federal trademark law.
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