CoDNS (the .co.no-registry) has decided to sue Norid (.no-registry). The reason for this is the continuing dispute between them concerning the .co.no extension.
As you probably already know, it will soon become possible to register your personalised TLD. CentralNic decided to go one step further and now offers such TLD’s to the rich and famous, as an exclusive toy in the form of their own .FamilyName.
Verisign, the registry which is responsible for the management of .com, .net and .name names has asked ICANN to approve an ‘Anti Abuse Domain Use Policy’. This way Verisign would like to get the possibility to interfere when they notice a .com, .net or .name domain name is used registered in bad faith.
ICANN is looking for a exclusive provider for a Trade Mark Clearinghouse service. This provider would basically retain a database of valid trade marks. Providers of new TLD’s which will launch in the coming years, will be required to offer a sunrise period of at least 30 days in which only holders of a valid Trade Mark can claim their domain name. Verification of the validity of the trade mark, will need to be done via the Trade Mark Clearinghouse that ICANN is now scouting.
The Russian registry announced that the amount of registered .РФ domain names has just passed the milestone of 900.000 registrations. This new extension was introduced 11 months ago and is a Cyrillic representation of .ru. The “original” Latin-written version “.ru” still has almost 4 times as many domain names registered under it, but that probably shouldn’t come as a surprise as this TLD was already introduced almost two decades ago.