Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Another Day Another Scam

We received the above notice from Domain Registry of America informing us of the renewal of our domain name lex-synergies.net. Since we manage our own domain names it was easy for us to identify the notice as a scam but for the untrained domain name owner it may not be. If the instructions are followed it will result in the domain name being transferred to that company.

If you Google "Domain Registry of America" or "DROA" you will find reports on the scam from other bloggers and news sites so we will not repeat what they say.

However, we want to mention that this type of scam highlights the importance of ensuring all your domain names are administered by one domain name provider (registrar) so that notices like the one above, from an unknown third party, can be ignored or reported to your domain name provider.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

To Many Names

ICANN recently announced the relaxation of its rules governing the launch of new TLDs. It has been dubbed "the biggest event to hit the Internet since .com". Is it really?

What we understand from the announcement is that it would be easier to launch a new TLD provided certain criteria are met. So if an applicant has the technical infrastructure and financial resources it will be good to go.

So we might see extensions like .google, .xxx and .sex. Obviously certain restrictions will be in place to guard against use of offensive words or trade marked terms.

On the face of it, it seems ground breaking but in reality it may create confusion on the web, discouraging domain name use and driving people to search engines.

But what if a trade mark is approved as a TLD e.g .delta? Will there be a Dispute Resolution to cover this? If so, will it not create another form of infringement for cybesquatters with lots of money? It is well-known that some registrars are behind domain name tasting, this may be another avenue for the same conduct.

What will happen to country code TLDs? We have read reports about .eng for England. What will become of .uk?

It is widely reported that the cost for applying for a TLD will be in the vicinity of $500,000. This is pocket change for the large domain name registrars, which could result in a monopoly over the more marketable TLDs.

We will apply for .SOS.