Posts Tagged ‘Domain’

Typosquatting and Domain Tasting, who is responsible?

December 14th, 2007

Most of you might not know, but Dell is pursing a major “cybersquatting” lawsuit against several companies. These companies buy and sell web addresses, and are argued to be responsible for earning a great amount of money off nearly 1,100 domain names that are “confusingly similar” to Dell’s trademarks.

We all know that registering a domain name containing a trademark that doesn’t belong to you is a big no-no. But what about registering a domain name that is made up of slight misspellings of well-known trademarks, ie. dellsuportcenter.com and dellfinancialservices.com?

The registration of such domain names are called typosquatting, and in Dell’s claim, it is effectively a counterfeit of the authentic ‘trademark holder’s domain name”.

This case has raised a couple issues:

  1. Should registrars be held responsible for typosquatting?
  2. Should ICANN change its rules to prevent ‘domain tasting’?

Should registrars be held responsible for typosquatting?

Does the Internet need more central regulation? Would adding an extra layer in the domain registration process resolve the problem of typosquatting? Is waiting a couple weeks for your domain name approval something we want?

Should ICANN change its rules to prevent ‘domain tasting’?

Definition of Domain tasting

One cited example in Dell’s lawsuit follows the registration of the domain namedellfinacncialservices.com:

  • May 25, 2007: Domain registered by DomainDoorman; deleted May 30 2007
  • May 30, 2007: Domain registered by BelgiumDomains; deleted June 4 2007
  • June 4, 2007: Domain registered by Capitoldomains; deleted June 9 2007
  • June 9, 2007: Domain registered by DomainDoorman; deleted June 14 2007
  • June 14, 2007: Domain registered by BelgiumDomains… and so on, and so on.

Not only are the domain name squatters earning a profit off Dell brands and trademarks, they aren’t even paying domain name registration fees for doing it.

“David Steele, an attorney representing Dell in the case, said the defendants tasted on average between 30 million and 60 million domains each month.”

So, should ICANN change its policy to prevent domain tasting? Maybe put enough of a price tag on domain tasting so that it is not profitable anymore?

What are your views on these?

Side note: Doteasy does not offer ‘domain tasting”. Once your domain registration request is submitted through our registration form, it is understood that the name requested is genuine and you are sincere about purchasing that name. We understand that if we should allow domain tasting as other domain registrars, our domain registration numbers would be significantly higher. But unfortunately, our focus is not on the number-game.

The Domain Auto Renewal Feature

October 4th, 2007

Worried about forgetting to renew your domain name? Well, a lot of people are.

Once a domain name expires, it will cease all functions. This means that your web site, your email accounts, and anything related to your domain name will stop working. This can mean disruption to your business if your business relies on your web site and e-mails.

After a domain name is expired for a certain amount of time, it will enter the Redemption Period. Hope is not lost yet as you can still renew the domain name while it’s in the Redemption Period, but the registry will charge a Redemption Renewal Fee in addition to the regular renewal fee.

Once the Redemption Period for the domain name is over, it will be scheduled for deletion and will eventually be released back to the public for re-registration. This means that anyone can register the domain name on a first come first served basis.

As you can probably see, having your domain name expire without realizing it can be annoying, and sometimes quite troublesome and perhaps even costly.

To help minimize the chance of this happening to you, we have implemented the Domain Auto Renewal feature. If enabled, this feature will help you renew your domain name 5 days before it expires. This way, you won’t need to worry about forgetting to renew your domain name.

You can enable this feature by doing the following.

1. Login to Member Zone.
2. Click the “Domain Auto Renew” link.
3. Finally, click the “TURN ON” button to enable the feature.

Domain Name Registration Transfers

September 20th, 2007

The number of domain name registration transfers from other registrars to Doteasy have increased significantly since the Domain Transfer option was added on the Transfer Hosting sign up form.

There have been a lot of questions regarding domain transfers and the entire process. So, lets go over what domain transfers are and see if we can help those who are confused.

What is a domain name registration transfer?

A domain name registration transfer is when you transfer the management of your domain name from one registrar to another.

This will move the administrative functions of the domain name, including DNS management, contact information management, and WHOIS information management of your domain name to the new registrar. The new registrar will then take over the support for your domain name.

Why do I need to transfer my domain name?

The reason why you need to transfer your domain name to a new registrar is if you want to renew your domain name with the new registrar.

Under the current system, only the domain name’s registrar can renew the domain. So, before you can renew your domain with a new registrar, you will need to transfer your domain registrar to them first, before the new registrar can apply your renewal.

I am transferring my domain to Doteasy. What do I need to do?

Transferring your domain name to Doteasy for a renewal is quite simple, if you make sure the following 3 things are done beforehand.

1. The domain needs to be unlocked. If you domain name is locked, you can contact your current registrar and have them unlock it for you.

2. Make sure the admin email address on your domain WHOIS record is valid. If any changes are required, you can contact your current registrar for assistance.

3. You will need your domain Auth Code for approving the transfer. If you don’t have the Auth Code, you can get this from your current registrar.

Once those 3 things are done, you can submit a renewal/transfer request in Member Zone. After the transfer is initiated, In2net Network, the company through which Doteasy registers its domain names, will send an email to the admin email address with instructions on how to approve the transfer. You will then need to follow those instructions to complete the transfer.