Posts Tagged ‘ICANN’

ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

September 1, 2007

The not-for-profit organisation Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is commonly known as ICANN.

ICANN has responsibility for the following:

  • setting policy on top level domains such as .com, .org, etc
  • managing the systems for assignment of domain names
  • offering a domain name resolution service, the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy, for companies in dispute over domain name ownership
  • allocating space for IP addresses

Until ICANN was set up on the 1990s, these responsibilities were held by the US government.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Cybersquatting / Typosquatting

September 1, 2007

Cybersquatting involves buying a domain name which is made up of, or contains, another company’s name or brand name, or a miss-spelling of that name.

An increasingly popular tactic is typosquatting – buying a miss-spelled domain name to take advantage of users accidentally typing in an incorrect brand or company name into a URL or search engine – the webpage it sends the user to will often then include adverts for other products.

Many affected companies use ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy to resolve such disputes. Some adversely affected companies do start legal proceedings, but this can be hampered by the fact that legal comeback varies from country to country.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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