Thursday, April 26, 2012

Domain names

Discussion for this week's lecture will include:
  • what is a domain name? 
  • who ultimately controls domain names - what roles do ICANN, auDA play? 
  • what legal rights do you have in a domain name?
  • how much are domain names worth?
  • what is cybersquatting?
  • how can you resolve domain name disputes?  Please be familiar with the elements of the UDRP and the auDRP.  Are these processes preferable to court?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option?
  • how would you go about judging a domain name dispute under the UDRP?  Are the decisions consistent?
  • what other policies and legal issues impact on an entitlement to domain names?
  • new GTLDs

2 comments:

Victor said...

Interesting Statistics from WIPO

"In 2011, trademark holders filed a record 2,764 cybersquatting cases covering 4,781 domain names with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) under procedures based on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), an increase of 2.5% and 9.4% over the previous highest levels in 2010 and 2009, respectively."

online at:http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2012/article_0002.html

James Condon said...

Nice little article on NYTimes about the Newark Nut Company and the challenges they faced in purchasing Nuts.com and transitioning from their old domain NutsOnline.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/business/smallbusiness/newark-nut-company-buys-a-perfect-domain-name-yet-sales-suffer.html?_r=1&%3FWT.mc_id=+BU-D-E-AD-OB-TXT-BUS-ROS-0412-NA&WT.mc_ev=click