Category: Domain Names


In the lame duck session, Congress may take further action on S.3804 Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a bill that would give the federal government broad powers over internet domain names and blocking internet traffic in order to prevent the infringement of copyrighted works. While the US government is opposed to other countries regulating speech online, Congress is willing… Read more →

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“The noncommercial use of a trademark as the domain name of a website — the subject of which is consumer commentary about the products and services represented by the mark — does not constitute infringement under the Lanham Act.” Bosley Medical Institute v. Kremer (9th Cir., Apr. 4, 2005). See also: Read more →

iTunes UK domain name dispute

BBC News reports: Legal row over iTunes domain name: Benjamin Cohen, 22, registered in 2000, but earlier this month the UK domain name registry, Nominet, handed the name over to Apple. Mr Cohen, of Hackney, east London, has applied to the High Court for a judicial review, saying Nominet is biased against small businesses. But Nominet say legal experts… Read more →

Verisign-ICANN antitrust suit dismissed

A federal district judge dismissed the anti-trust portion of Verisign’s complaint against ICANN: Verisign v. ICANN. For background, let me refer you to this article by Jonathan Weinberg in the University of Ottawa Journal of Law and Tech: Site Finder and Internet Governance On September 15, 2003, VeriSign, Inc., the company that operates the databases that allow Internet users to… Read more →