May 2010


The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), an orginasation which worldwide manage the policy regarding everything that has something to do with intellectual property is about to introduce a new rule regarding domain name registrations. This new rule implies that registrants who use a computer program which is specially designed to automatically register domain names are guilty of bad faith registration. To make things clear, we’re talking about programs which, without human input, can automatically register domain names with the purpose of puttting ads on those names or to sell those names.

The new rule provokes lots of questions. The most important question is, how will WIPO be able to know and to decide whether a registrant used a computer program when he/she registered the domain name? Due to the new rule, lots of question rise about what is meant with ‘bad faith’. Up until now a bad faith domain name registration meant that the registrant knew he was infringing someone’s trademark while registering the domain name. Since we’re now talking about computer programs without human input, there isn’t any control at the moment of registration and therefore the registrant can’t know he/she is infringing someone’s trademark. According to others, the lack of control is the whole problem. Since the person who registers the domain name isn’t controlling whether he/she is infringing someone’s trademark, the registration automatically becomes a bad faith registration since the registrant is guilty of wilful negligence regarding the trademark right.

You can read the complete article and discussion about this new rule here.

On June 21st, the landrush for .co domain names will start. This landrush will end on July 13th. now accepts pre-registration for this landrush. During this landrush, everyone who wishes to do so, can register a domain name under the .co extension. All applications will be treated by the registry. If, on July 13th, there are several applications for 1 domain name, this domain name will be sold during an auction. Only the people who filed an application for this domain name can participate in the auction.

The Colombian already mentioned that the .co domain name is very wanted by cybersquatters since it can easily be confused with the .com extension, it only differs one letter. So don’t wait too long to pre-register the domain name of you want. has permanently reduced the price for the South-African extension This price reduction was made possible by our volume of domain names and by the furhter automatisation of the registration procedure. Take a look at our website to discover the new prices.

A while ago, we also posted an article which stated that is the largest African extension. So that’s just one more reason to register your domain name under this extension.

deniclogo140x74From 13:30 through about 14:50 today, large parts of the .de zone where unavailable, causing most if not all of the 13 million .de domain names with websites and e-mail to be unavailable. It is very uncommon for a large domain name extension to be fully unavailable, so much that it is causing domain names under that TLD to actually not work. In the last 5 to 10 years, as far as we know about, of all the large TLD’s only .nu, .se and .biz have known some real downtime.

Insiders tell us that the nameserver infrastructure that is being used by DENIC is somewhat out-dated and certainly not in line with the requirements of a large TLD like .de. DENIC would still be using a mixure of the standard version of “BIND” and “NSD”  as their nameserver software. While both are known to be very robust and stable, they do in some ways lack in support for very large zones like that of a country code TLD.

At the moment, the German registry (Denic) is facing some serious problems. The website of the registry is extremely slow and also lots of German websites can’t be reached at the moment. So both the website of the registry and lots of regular German sites are down. We’ll keep an eye on this. It seems that all German domain names (.de names) which start with letters a through e can be reached again, the other names don’t seem to function at the moment. The problems started around 13:30 CET.

Update: The .de-registry is currently in the process of loading all the information into their nameservers again. This is taking some time. The domain names are being loaded in alphabetical order. Around this time (14:41 CET) they seem to have gotten to the letter “f”.

Update: According to some, domain names starting with letters “a” through “f” might not have been affected by this error at the .de-registry.

We all already know IDN domain names (names which can contain special characters) like for instance .com or .lu domain names. But for now on, also 3 IDN ccTLD’s (extensions) are available. We’re talking about the following extensions:

– Egypt: مصر

– Saudi Arabia: السعودية

– United Arab Emirates: امارات

ICANN gave those 3 countries the permission to register their domain names under these IDN extensions. At the moment, those are the only 3 countries which may use an IDN extension. Normally China, Russia and Thailand will follow.

Although it is already possible to pre-register domain names under the Russian РФ extension, this extension hasn’t been added to the rootserver by ICANN. The extensions mentioned above are added.