.NU Domain Adopts ICANN Trademark Dispute Policy
First TLD to Implement ICANNís New Anti-Cybersquatting Policy
Medfield, MA, October 26, 1999 - .NU Domain Ltd announced today that it has adopted a new trade mark and intellectual property policy aimed at reducing cybersquatting which was just approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN - See the policy), the new authority for domain name and IP address management.
.NU Domain is the first Top Level Domain (TLD) name to accept the policy, which was developed by ICANN and its advisory Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO) over the past several months.
"Working with a broad cross section of the Internet community, which ranged from trademark attorneys to noncommercial Internet users and other public interest groups," said J. William Semich, president of .NU Domain Ltd. "ICANN has taken an excellent first-step in dealing with the difficult tradeoff of protecting trademark holders from abuse on the Internet while also protecting the rights of individuals and small businesses in obtaining the domain name of their choice on the Internet."
.NU Domain Ltdís own adoption of ICANNís Universal Dispute Resolution Policy was posted today at http://www.nunames.nu/udrp.htm, and is effective immediately in the .NU domain name space. Final implementation, however, awaits ICANNís selection of Approved Providers for its Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, a list of which will be posted at http://www.icann.org/udrp/approved-providers.htm.
"The recent approval by ICANN of this policy is an important step in the move to privatize the Internet and to free TLD managers and registrars from having to be judge and jury on questions of trade mark abuse," said Semich. "This takes a great load off our backs as TLD managers. We now have a simple, universally applied, solution to the problem of resolving trade mark claims in a fair and equitable manner."
As a former member of the Names Council of the DNSO, Semich voted against some sections of an early version of the UDRP. Despite that, the policy was eventually approved by the majority of the Names Council and forwarded to ICANN. ICANN responded to pressure from noncommercial interests, however, and addressed several of their concerns in the final policy that it approved yesterday. "The changes made in the policy since that original UDRP proposal was submitted have resolved my early concerns," Semich said. "I also expect that ICANN will reconsider some elements of the UDRP as it is tested in practice as well. Meanwhile, we are glad it is available for our use."
About .NU Domain Ltd
. NU Domain Ltd, an US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.ís. (NASDAQ:NSOL) .com domain name. The .NU Domain Ltd targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. The .NU domain is one of the fastest growing TLDs on the Internet.
Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.
The list of registered .NU domain names ranges from personal sites like the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr at www.sodrakarr.nu and the Leonardo DiCaprio fan site, www.dicaprio.nu to names registered by large corporations including, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at www.renault.nu, International Data Group Corp. at www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at www.coca-cola.nu and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at www.goodyear.nu.
.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu