New Internet Age is Around the Corner: Soon You May Be Able to Have Your Own Top Level Domain

On June 20, 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") approved a new policy that would allow anyone to apply for a new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD). Currently, there are 22 gTLDs, like .com, .org, .net and others. Soon, there may be hundreds. The application...

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: New gTLDs Approved by ICANN

As of January 12, 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors will allow applications for the new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). ICANN considers these additions to the Internet as its number one priority. The introduction of these new gTLDs, after...

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: .XXX Sponsored Top-Level Domain Registration Period Begins September 7, 2011

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) delegated .XXX sponsored top-level domain names (sTLDs) on April 15, 2011. The .XXX sTLDs are managed by the ICM Registry and are reserved for members of the adult entertainment industry (the "Sponsored Community"). The...

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: New gTLDs to Appear as Early as 2012

By Brian Gregg At its June 20, 2011 meeting in Singapore, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted nearly unanimously to approve the long awaited Applicant Guidebook. That decision starts the clock on the application process for the new generic top level domains ("gTLDs"...

Duane Morris LLP: Inception of the Online Red Light District: ICANN to Launch Top-level Domain Extension This Fall

By Mark A. Steiner Background The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is set to launch the new .XXX (dot-triple X) top-level domain (TLD) extension this fall. The intended users are those in the adult entertainment industry with websites that are sexually oriented...

Duane Morris LLP: Inception of the Online Red Light District: ICANN to Launch Top-Level Doman Extension This Fall

Background The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is set to launch the new .XXX (dot-triple X) top-level domain (TLD) extension this fall. The intended users are those in the adult entertainment industry with websites that are sexually oriented, but not illegal or fraudulent...

Sutherland Legal Alert: XXX Domains: Prevention is Better than the Cure

By Chris Chan , James Johnson , Josh Curry , and Ian Wasser Brand owners should be wary of the launch of the new .XXX top-level domain, scheduled for implementation in December 2011. While Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) intended the new .XXX domain to host adult entertainment...

Choosing a Domain Name

When starting a new business, one of the first things your client will want to do is register a domain name. Domain names are important because they provide consumers with a memorable location for your client's website and because they serve as the addressing conduit for your client's email....

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: UPDATE .XXX Domain General Availability Starts December 6, 2011

By Brian Gregg As of December 6, 2011 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will begin offering .xxx domain registrations to the general public. The registry will be operated by Florida-based ICM Registry (ICM), the company that first applied for the .xxx domain in...

California Appellate Court Upholds Trial Court’s Dismissal of a Coverage Claim for an Alleged Advertising Injury

By Kimberly L. Buffington , Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP In Oglio Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Company , 200 Cal. App. 4th 573 (2011), the California Court of Appeal concluded that an entertainment company's insurance policy covering "personal...

Williams Mullen: ICANN Under Fire on Eve of New GTLD Release

BY: AMY G. MARINO The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) plans to accept new applications from January 12, 2012 to April 12, 2012 for hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, e.g., .com, .net, .org), in the wake of recent urging from the Department of Commerce...

Foley & Lardner LLP: ICANN Accepting Applications for New Generic Top Level Domain Names

By Toni Y. Hickey and Andrew Baum The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began accepting applications for new generic top level domain names (gTLDs) on January 12, 2012. ICANN is accepting applications through April 12, 2012 and expects to receive approximately 4,000...

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP: ICANN Application Period Now Open for New Generic Top-Level Domains

By Alisa C. Simmons As first reported in June, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers that administers Internet domains) has liberalized the generic top-level domain system. Earlier this month, ICANN opened the first of its planned application periods for new generic...

E-Gold Mine Rush?

By Ashlee Froese of Keyser Mason Ball LLP As the internet becomes an increasingly pervasive marketing tool for fashion companies, it's hard (and not very business savvy) to ignore developments on the internet. Previously, CanadaFashionLaw gave our fashionista readers a head's up on looming...

John McKeown and Jim Davis on ICANN's New gTLDs

On this edition, John McKeown of Cassels Brock in Toronto and James Davis of Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. discuss ICANN's expansion of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) and what it means to brand owners. Copyright© 2012 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Visit...

John McKeown and James Davis Update the Application Process for ICANN's Expansion of Generic Top-Level Domains: What Brand Owners Need to Know

On this edition, John McKeown of CasselsBrock in Toronto and James Davis of Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. provide an update on the application process for ICANN's expansion of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). They review the current timeline and what lies ahead for brand owners. Copyright©...

Virginia Court Denies Judgment on the Pleadings in Domain Name Dispute

As noted previously on this blog , the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA") permits litigation to be filed against an infringing domain name itself, not just against the owner of the domain name. Which entity should file responsive pleadings in such a case, the domain name...

1286 Applications for Top Level Domain Names - Reveal Day Delayed

By John McKeown of Cassels Brock ICANN's online application system was taken offline on April 12, 2012 in order to protect applicant data. A technical issue in the system allowed some users to view a limited number of other users' file names and user names, in certain scenarios. ICANN...

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: Why Wait To Register? Trademark registrations are quickly becoming the only cost effective means to defend brands online

By Brian P. Gregg Investing in a trademark registration is becoming the only effective means for defending a brand online at relatively modest costs. Business owners who do not own federal registration for their trademarks are seeing their ability to protect their marks on the Internet shrink at the...

DLA Piper: ICANN reveals all: what should brandowners do now?

By John Wilks and Damian Herrington The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced details of the applications it has received for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). ICANN has said a total of 1,930 applications were received, a number in excess of most peoples' initial...

Borrower Avoids Trademark and Cybersquatting Accusations in Bashing Its Lender Online

A Minnesota federal court rejected trademark and cybersquatting claims levied against a borrower that created a website to warn consumers about what it perceived to be a lender's fraudulent business practices. Jalin Realty Capital Advisors v. A Better Wireless , 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2461 (D....

New York Pro Bono Files Cyberpiracy Lawsuit to Recover www.lawhelpny.org Domain Name

Pro Bono Net, Inc. is accusing a Vietnamese domain name registrant of cyberpiracy in conjunction with the registration of www.lawhelpny.org. "Internet users are likely to be misled into believing that the website is affiliated with Pro Bono Net's LAWHELP services," the complaint argues...

Bizarre UDRP Decision Against Google Reminds Brand Owners of "Wild Card" Risk

Bonkers. I love that word. It harkens back to an earlier era when people used more euphemisms in their speech in order to blunt the strength of their criticism. Bananas. Loopy. These are the descriptions that come to mind when I read Google Inc. v. Fundacion Private Whois / Domain Administrator,...

Gucci Has a Big E-Win

Domain name disputes are pretty standard items in the brand protection strategies. Domain name disputes afford brand owners an expeditious and cheap way of securing ownership rights over infringing domain names. Case in point, Gucci's significant win over 165 infringing domain names this month...