Thieves steal company’s Web domain name

Thieves steal company’s Web domain name Internet » Costly hijacking reveals common patterns in global domain thefts, weak laws. By Tom Harvey | The Salt Lake Tribune reports: First Published 6 hours ago • Updated 6 hours ago

Ebrahim Zmehrir woke one recent morning and, as he always does, checked his email.

One from Go Daddy, the Internet domain registrar and website host, caught his immediate attention: ownership of ezq.com, which Zmehrir has owned since 1996, was about to be transferred. A second message, six minutes after the first, said the transfer was complete.

Someone from China using the name Baorui, it turns out, had gotten into Zmehrir’s Go Daddy account and taken over ownership of ezq.com, the domain name for Zmehrir’s EZQuest Inc., a retailer of computer parts and storage devices. The thieves swiftly put the name up for sale.

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17 .XXX Cyber cases

17 .XXX UDRP cases have been filed so far,four months after .XXX domains became available for public sale. Ten of the 17 .XXX UDRP cases have been solved : 1.HEB Grocery Company submitted a complaint to the National Arbitration Forum on December 29,2011 ,asserting legal rights over the domain name HEB.XXX .This is the first complainant to win a .XXX domain name in arbitration 2.An arbitrator with the National Arbitration Forum has awarded RichardBranson.xxx domain name to Richard Branson.Richard Branson submitted a complaint to the National Arbitration Forum on January 10,2012,asserting legal rights over the disputed domain name. 3. An arbitrator with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has awarded DenizBank.xxx domain name to Denizbank.The Panel ordered the disputed domain name to be transferred from the respondent to the complainant . 4. An arbitrator with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has awarded Borusan Holding.xxx domain name to Borusan Holding.B…
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Google Crushes Law Firm Websites Overnight with their March 2012 Algorithm Change

Google Crushes Law Firm Websites Overnight with their March 2012 Algorithm Change Google made major changes in their search engine algorithm in late February and early March 2012. The changes are ongoing. These changes have impacted law firm websites across the United States. The algorithm change caused some law firm websites to drop from page 1 to page 7+, overnight. Historically, the more links that pointed at your site, the higher you ranked in Google. This is still true. However, as of March 2012, Google stopped counting various types of links that were heavily relied on by SEO companies. Therefore, some sites have dropped dramatically and others have risen overnight, depending on their chosen SEO strategy. Google has not specifically stated which links no longer count, but they gave clues. MANY LINKS ARE NOW WORTHLESS After carefully analyzing the updated algorithm's impact on over 100 law firm websites across the USA, it appears that MOST LINKS THAT CAN BE BOUGHT,…
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Attorney gets arrested for helping client

ALAMOGORDO — A New Mexico divorce attorney is facing jail time after being caught on tape helping his client break into the home she once shared with her estranged husband. According to authorities, Raymond Van Arnam helped his client break into the home to help her move out her belongings.  While inside, she stole legal papers that belonged to her soon to be ex-husband. Van Arnam pleaded guilty to several criminal charges, including damage to property, criminal trespassing, and larceny.  He was sentenced to pay $5,000 in restitution and spend 30 days in jail. However, he will be allowed work release during the week so he can continue to practice law and has not lost his license. This is not the first time Van Arnum has been in trouble with the law. In 2002, he was convicted of cocaine possession and temporarily disbarred. Now, the state supreme court is considering permanently disbarring the divorce lawyer because of the tape.
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How to fight cyber squatters

What You Can Do to Fight a Cybersquatter A victim of cybersquatting in the United States has two options: sue under the provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), or use an international arbitration system created by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Trademark experts consider the ICANN arbitration system to be faster and less expensive than suing under the ACPA, and the procedure does not require an attorney. Using the ICANN Procedure In 1999, ICANN adopted and began implementing the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDNDRP), a policy for resolution of domain name disputes. This international policy results in an arbitration of the dispute, not litigation. An action can be brought by any person who complains (referred to by ICANN as the "complainant") that: a domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights the domain name own…
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Miami Police Domain Crisis

If you want to find the Miami Police online, you’d probably type in miamipolice.com, right?

Not anymore.

While the Miami Police Department owns several web domains that all route to one official website, the department lost its most logical domain name, miamipolice.com, when they did not pay to renew it two years ago, according to an email from the Miami Police Department I.T. division sent to NBC Miami by the police media relations office.

“We owned miamipolice.com for one year only and opted not to renew because we didn’t actively use it and budgets were tightening,” the statement says.

The cost to renew a domain? $35.

Despite several warnings two years ago from a concerned citizen who follows domain auctions that the domain miamipolice.com was about to expire and go to auction, no action was taken. So it was bought by an out-of-state cybe…

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Virgin boss victorious in .xxx Branson pickle

Virgin boss victorious in .xxx Branson pickle Cyber-squatter owns diddly-squat in domain ruling The register reports: By Kevin Murphy • Get more from this author Posted in Hosting, 21st February 2012 09:35 GMT Free whitepaper – Transforming IT culture Sir Richard Branson has wrestled a .xxx domain off a cybersquatter in a challenge over richardbranson.xxx. The Virgin Group founder discovered last week that his Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organisation was successful. The WIPO panelist handling the case found that the cybersquatter, Australian Sean Truman, lacked rights to the address and had registered it in bad faith. Truman, who bought the domain four days after the .xxx registry went live last December, said in his defence that he snapped up the address as a "souvenir". He also claimed that Branson had "ample opportunity to register the name if he believed that his rights may be under th…
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Sky or Skype? Trademark?

The Sky seems to be falling for VoIP firm Skype, with British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) seeming to win a trademark dispute which effectively pulls the “Sky” out from under [over?] Skype’s feet. BSkyB has long maintained its customers are often “confused” by the similar name and logos of the firms. Who said too much TV didn’t frazzle the mind? Sadly for Skype, however, the firm’s recent IPO filing brought to light the fact Europe has returned a “negative first instance decision” on the trademark dispute between the two firms, in BSkyB’s favor, which means the Sky really does belong to Rupert Murdoch, although naturally Skype will be appealing. Should the firm lose the appeal, it will have to either change its brand name or pay BSkyB a license fee to continue using its name and logo. BSkyB has picked on Skype ever since Murdoch tried and failed to buy the firm back in early 2006, and has been trying to block Skype trademark applications  ever since. Skype has had t…
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