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Cover: Estibot 2.0 Does the legwork!

Also in this issue:
The .CO Era
Bosh, Zavala, and Cybersquatting
Surviving Registrar De-Accreditation
Pictorial: DOMAINfest GLOBAL 2010
Pictorial: T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas 2010
Domainer's Legal: Intellectual Property Basics by Deb Logan
The Outside Track: Digitally Inflicted Sinophobia by Joe Callan



Bosh, Zavala and Cybersquatting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Domainer's Magazine Staff   
Saturday, 27 March 2010 10:50

Can A Well-Meaning Conventional Court Decision Open the Door to Litigious Goaltending?

As a Forward for the Toronto Raptors, Chris Bosh might not be the first name that comes to mind in the domaining industry. One of the most well known NBA basketball players online, having 74,000 Twitter followers and 100 YouTube Videos, Bosh seeked to expand his online presence, and consolidate his fan base with his own website. Trying to register the most obvious name for a site, chrisbosh.com, he was surprised to see that someone else had beaten him to it.

Enter Luis Zavala, a domain name collector and owner of the company hoopology.com. At the time, he had amassed over 800 domain names and was profiting from them through Pay Per Click networks. With an apparent affinity for trademarked domain names, names of celebrities and especially promising basketball players, chrisbosh.com was one of more than a couple inappropriate registrations. Among his highly controversial domain names are those referring to Rashard Lewis of Orlando, Amare Stoudemire of Phoenix, and Tyler Hansbrough of the University of North Carolina basketball team.

He even held names regarding pop-celeb Britney Spears and celebrities such as Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Deron Williams, William Redd, ronnieprice.com and darrylwatkins.com.

What happened next was expected. Bosh’s lawyers, among them Brian Heidelberger, then attempted to contact Mr. Zavala in July 2008 to secure Chris Bosh’s domain name. Mr. Zavala’s reply was short and to the point. “I have no intentions of handing over my domain. I am not in the business of giving domains away.” The law firm, Winston & Strawn, has extensive experience and knowledge in internet law, particularly in cybersquatting cases. They proceeded to file a case in court.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:17
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Estibot 2.0 Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Nolte   
Friday, 26 March 2010 03:34

As far as new software goes, we haven’t had much to tell about until now. From the makers of DRT (Domain Research Tool), Estibot.com 1.0, and Domaining.com comes...

Estibot 2.0

Much like it’s predecessor the new Estibot focuses on single and Bulk Domain appraisals, however I believe that it’s real value to the domain community, aside from the appraisal tool, lies in the other new tools/feature that have been added. Rather than bore you with a bunch of technical nonsense, I will simply explain some of what I feel are the more important features that I found in the short amount of time I have been playing with it so far.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:19
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Intellectual Property: Deciphering the Fundamentals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deborah A. Logan Esq.   
Friday, 26 March 2010 02:30

Patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets are collectively known as intellectual property and each country or region treats these legal matters somewhat different. Below is a brief discussion of what you need to know to protect your intellectual property rights as well as to avoid infringement of others’ rights and the discussion is necessarily “UScentric”. Those with issues involved with intellectual property in other countries should seek advice from a knowledgeable practitioner in that country.

With that said, each of the various types of intellectual property are afforded different manners of legal treatment and protection. Protection for patents and copyrights was specifically provided for by the founding fathers of the United States. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution provides that

“…the Congress shall have the power…to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries…”

Thus, based upon this Constitutional provision, patents and copyrights are for a limited duration and are primarily governed by federal law. Trademark rights are unlimited in duration and may be governed by federal or state law. Rights in trade secrets are also not limited by time and are mainly governed by state law.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 July 2010 14:04
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Digitally Inflicted Sinophobia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Callan   
Friday, 26 March 2010 02:22

After a China-based January 2010 attack on their systems (and other large US-Based corporations), Google’s four-year experiment with Google.cn may be over. But as the details of the attack come under further review, there seems to be more at stake. What does this attack mean for the future of China’s increasing importance on the world stage? Does China’s need for information control trump their ambitions as a leader in world trade and technology? I’m little more than an armchair hobbyist in geopolitics, but China’s quick rise to economic superpower has been intriguing to me since I started following Beijing’s position on the macro-economic circuit about a decade ago.

In the last ten years, China has made across-the board growth at breakneck speeds look easy. Cheap manufacturing and increasing urbanization provided plenty of opportunities for outsiders to take advantage of the market. As a result, China’s direct foreign investment (DFI) was operating at impressive levels. Growth was perpetual, surpluses were burgeoning, and life was good.

After 2008, that began to change. While China itself was well-protected from the world’s economic slump (using its aforementioned surplus to supercharge the slowing economy,) its foreign investors weren’t as energized. DFI was slumping.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 November 2010 16:30
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