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Proposed change of registration policy for .IE domain names

IEDR, the Irish Domain Registry, recently announced that it was a running a Public Consultation with a view to liberalising the .IE domain name registration policy. The current registration requirements for .IE domain names are the following: 1. A connection to Ireland Applicants can be: •    Irish citizens or residents; •    Companies registered in Ireland;

SSAC gives the thumbs down to the use of emoji in domain names

Emoji, the pictorial symbols typically presented in a colourful cartoon form, are nowadays being widely used on smartphones, in chat, in email applications and in social media.  Their increasing popularity has prompted the question of whether they could be used in domain names, just like other non-American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) letters (e.g.

First Cyberspace Court set up in China: the Chinese judiciary enters the digital age

China’s first Cyberspace Court was inaugurated on Friday 18 August in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Going forward, this new court will handle all internet-related disputes in all districts of Hangzhou through a fully digitalized, online procedure. The establishment of a specialized cyberspace court in China’s internet capital Hangzhou is an encouraging step for the Chinese internet

China: Cybersquatter asks Chinese court to declare its own domain names invalid

The Beijing Haidian District People’s Court has recently heard a case in which a domain name registrant requested the court to declare its domain name registration contracts invalid. In this somewhat unusual case, the court granted this request concluding that the object of the agreement was cyber-squatting, thereby cancelling dozens of squatted domain names. The

$10 domain name halts spread of WannaCry ransomware

A major global ransomware attack going by the name of WannaCry was recently short circuited by the registration of a single domain name costing just over $10.  The unregistered domain name consisting of random characters was apparently programmed into the WannaCry malware by its creators in order to function as a “kill switch” and was

France: No requirement for a domain name to be distinctive in unfair competition claims

In a decision of 6 December 2016, the French Supreme Court of the Judiciary (“Cour de Cassation”) provided a very useful clarification in relation to unfair competition claim (“concurrence déloyale”, a tortious action) based on domain names. The Cour de Cassation stressed that neither the distinctiveness nor the originality of a domain name were a

UK: Nominet domain name take downs on the up

Nominet, the Registry responsible for running the .UK domain name space, has recently published a report on the number of domain names it has suspended further to requests from law enforcement agencies.  The figures show that during the 12 month period from 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016, over 8,000 domain names were suspended. 

US Government slams Chinese domain name rules

As reported in the April 2016 issue of Anchovy News, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a draft of new rules concerning the regulation of the domain name system in China.  The proposed new policy contained a provision under Article 37 that any domain name (regardless of what TLD it is

Towards a Greater Chinese Firewall? – China issues new draft domain name rules

On 25 March 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the “MIIT“) issued Draft Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names (“Draft“) and issued a call for comments. The Draft has raised serious concerns among the public and the international media. In this article we summarize the key changes in the Draft,

UK: Nominet gets tough on cybercrime

Nominet recently released an annual report that, on the one hand, shows a decrease in the number of suspensions of domain names containing banned words and on the other hand, an increase in the number of take downs due to criminal activity such as intellectual property infringement and fraud.  Nominet implemented its policy concerning offensive names

Hong Kong: Powerless over earlier .HK domain name

The dismissal of a complaint brought under the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy for .hk domain names (“DNDRP”) highlighted the importance of adducing sufficient evidence to back up assertions of bad faith. This is especially so when the disputed domain name was registered before the complainant had acquired rights in the relevant trade mark. In

EU – Germany, Higher Regional Court Dresden: The domain “flüge.de” does not infringe the domain “fluege.de”

The Higher Regional Court Dresden has taken a decision involving a dispute between two domain owners. The appellant operates the website “www.fluege.de” where it offers travel agency services. The appellant does not only use the domain and word sign <fluege.de>, but also a logo showing blue characters and a small white stylized airplane. The defendants,