New Top Level Domains, Domain Hijacking, and Cyber-Squatting Awareness at Domain Roundtable Conference

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The Domain Roundtable, May 25th through the 27th in Seattle, will feature discussions on significant internet domain naming issues, including new top level domain names (TLD), domain hijacking, and cyber-squatting. Everyone interested in these important topics should plan to attend the Domain Roundtable. Net proceeds from the conference will be donated to Tsunami relief activities through AmeriCares®.

Top Level Domain names or TLDs, are new website name extensions. Current well known TLDs include ‘.com’, which is used by most for-profits, ‘.gov’; government organizations, ‘.org’, used by non-profit organizations and ‘’, which designate educational institutions. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), who controls web naming conventions, has added several new TLDs, including ‘.eu’ for European Union and sponsored names (sTLD) such as ‘.travel’ for the travel industry and ‘.jobs’ that is restricted to use by the human resource profession. ICANN representatives Tim Cole and Tina Dam, along with other industry experts, Roland Buck of EuroDNS; and Ray Fassett of Employ Media (the operators of .jobs) will be at Domain Roundtable to discuss this subject in depth.

Domain hijacking is the practice of stealing an organization or individual website name. The hijacker could send the current owner a phony or misleading registration transfer approval form or submit a fraudulent transfer authorization to the current website host. Website owners who are not vigilant can fall prey to these practices. Several conference sessions will feature experts from both the legal and operations sides of the internet industry, including Richard Lau of Domain Manager; patent attorney John Berryhill PHD,; Ari Goldberger of ESQwire; Scott Donahey of Tomlinson Zisko; Bob Cumbow of Graham & Dunn PC; Derek Newman of Newman & Newman and Devon Ryning of Miller-Nash LLP.

In Cyber Squatting, a person may register well-known names or words, or common typographical errors of popular names as websites. The registrant then offers to sell the website, often for a considerable price, or diverts the web traffic to a website where they make money from advertising or product sales.

In 1999 the Congress passed the Anti Cyber Squatting Consumer Protection Act, which extended the rights of trademark ownership to include websites. More recently, Internet regulatory organization ICANN created the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, known as UDRP to address this issue. The process of claiming ownership of ones brand name can be complicated and expensive. Domain Roundtable will offer attendees the opportunity to hear from lawyers and others who specialize in internet legal issues, including Valerie du Laney of Miller-Nash; Doug Isenberg of GigaLaw; Samantha Frida of and Leslie Ruiter of Stokes Lawrence PS.

The Domain Roundtable will be held at the downtown Seattle Sheraton Hotel, a world-class conference facility. Interested attendees will be interested in special keynotes and local networking events during the conference, in addition to the formal sessions. Information about the conference, activities and accommodations can be found at

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