Archive for December 2009

DotAsia Publishes Draft IDN Launch Policies

Pinyin, Romaji and Romanized Domains could get Priority to Register in IDN December 15, 2009 — Hong Kong  — Following the announcement on November 18, 2009 (, DotAsia today published a draft of the IDN launch policies for discussion.  The policies will be finalized after the Kuala Lumpur APRICOT meetings in February 2010, where the […]

IDN Sales Nov 2009

Few IDN Sales (above $1000) which gone public in November 2009 Kö.de $7,950 / Sedo Ö $3,675 / Sedo もしもし.com $3,188 Hello in Japanese / Afternic 高崎.com $2,904 Takasaki Geo Japanese / Afternic Küchengerä $2,693 Kitchen Appliances in German / Sedo вода.com $2,000 Water in Rusian /  IDNNewsletter mö $1,650 Furniture-profit in German / Sedo […] at Sedo Auction

Today Sedo will start an exclusive auction of more than 6000 .EU domain names that contain special characters.  These domains have only been available on the market since yesterday – therefore demand is very high! The auction is divided into five categories according to language. German Domains Spanish Domains French Domains Polish Domains Other languages […]

“Ärzte” first

Brussels, 10 December 2009 — On 10 December at 11:00, EURid began the registration of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs). During the first hour 38,172 IDNs under .eu were successfully registered. “The significant number of registered names during the first hour shows how important it is for people across Europe to be able to access and […]

.eu now supports all official EU languages

EURid launches IDNs today Brussels, 10 December 2009 – EURid is pleased to announce that internationalised domain names (IDNs) became available today under the .eu top-level domain. For the first time, residents of the European Union can register a .eu domain name that uses characters from the whole Latin, Cyrillic or Greek alphabets; for example […]

Josh Spiro: Non-Latin Domain Names Bring Costs, Opportunities

What will URLs with non-Latin characters mean for your business? Companies with an international presence have always needed increased linguistic and cultural knowledge to target foreign markets, but a recent decision by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will alter how companies approach their web presence by making domain name extensions available […]

IDNs: Final Report on Three-Character Requirement and Variant Management Now Available for Public Comment

3 December 2009 The IDN-Implementation Working Team has published the Final Report on three-character requirement and variant management for public comment. The public comment period ends on 8 January 2010. The final report can be viewed at [PDF, 337K]. Comments can be submitted to, and viewed at The Team was established to […]

Zak Muscovitch: IDN and Trademark Law/UDRP

An member recently asked me a good question and I took the time to answer it. I thought that I would share my answer here, although I have of course removed the specifics from the situation and changed some facts to keep things confidential. Accordingly, the domains etc. referred to below are made-up for […]

Raqueeb Hassan: If it’s in the Bangladesh it’s gotta be .bd!

It must have been a week while I was attending one of the briefing sessions after the ministerial team visited “The Internet Governance Forum (IGF)” as held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
What was it for Bangladesh being in IGF, the Internet governance lobbying ground?
The team requested ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom on the inclusion of Bangla […]

.emarat (.امارات) IDN confirmed for April 2010

  As part of its strategy to support and enhance Arabic content on the Internet, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced its plan to launch .emarat (.امارات). This step has been made under the new directions of ICANN, the international corporation responsible for managing the assignment of domain names and IP addresses, which allows […]