Did you know that typically 7 to 10% of pharma products sold are affected by counterfeiting? This means that approximately $1.5 to $1.7 trillion of the money made from the sale of medicines goes to illegal distributors.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs recently came third in a list of the 10 most counterfeited products and, according to the World Health Organization, over half of drugs purchased online are counterfeited. All these figures may seem shocking but, according to experts in the subject, depending on certain brand’s demographics, geographies of sales, and the type of drug, they can be even larger.

There’s no doubt that the internet, with the anonymity that it provides, has become a very popular channel for the distribution of fake prescription drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). We cannot forget that the new technologies make it easier than ever for fraudsters to duplicate a company’s product or to alter serial numbers. This not only endangers the health and safety of the consumers, but it could also be a huge threat for the legitimate distributor:

  1. It harms the brand reputation of the legal pharmaceuticals. This is because the counterfeited drugs tend to be ineffective and of poor quality.
  2. The risk of legal lawsuits: unauthorized pharma goods can be, as we have already said, very harmful for the consumers. This could mean a lot of trouble for the pharmaceutical companies because of the company liability.
  3. The arrival of the new gTLDs can multiply the cases of Cybersquating. Fraudulent online pharmacies can view them as a great opportunity to buy similar domain names to the legal ones, driving loads of traffic to them.
  4. Loss of corporate profits. Also in relation with the previous point. According to research carried out by the World Health Organization, unauthorized drug distribution costs the pharmaceutical industry over $400 billion each year.
  5. Copyright and Trademark infringements. This not only harms the reputation of the brands but can also result in significant profit losses and undo years of branding efforts.

According to former FBI agent turned pharmaceutical brand protection consultant, Keith Cutri: “If a pharma company does nothing to mitigate risk, it is conceivable counterfeiters will pursue the slippery slope of being able to go replicate the API, the product, or even steal the formulation from overseas factories,” and “if that goes unmitigated, that problem will continue to rise for that brand because there is no incentive for counterfeiters to move on to another brand that ‘has an easier go at the product,’”

However, given all the threats that the pharma companies face, very few of them have some form of them have some form of internet monitoring in place that would allow them to detect trademark and copyright abuse, counterfeiting of their products, impersonation, and other kinds of online piracy. These companies should take proactive action against grey online pharmacies, not only in order to reclaim the profits lost but also to fight against the serious worldwide health risk represented by the consumption of illegal prescription drugs.

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This last week, the 10th Anniversary of the Brand Protection and Anti Counterfeiting Summit took place in Berlin, with focus on subjects such as how to reduce online counterfeiting, how to dismantle, deter, detect and prevent copyright theft and what enforcement strategies are used to overcome global infringement.

Over the past 10 years, this event has hosted over 1000 leaders from 70 different countries, becoming one of the most important events of its kind set in Europe. Always bringing fresh ideas on how to maximise protection in the businesses and avoid counterfeit, one thing that can be relied on is the quality of the Whitepapers created every year ahead of the Summit by the event organizer Legal IQ.

This year, they interviewed brand protection experts from the three most counterfeited industries: Fashion, Film and Sporting Goods. The goal was to gather an understanding of how they fight counterfeit activity in their business. The Fashion sector was represented by Victoria Swedjemark of Björn Borg AB; while talking about the Film and Sporting Goods industries were Kieron Sharp (Federation Against Copyright Theft) and Dr Jochen Schaefer, Legal Counsel of World Confederation of Sporting Goods.

According to them there are 5 areas you need to possess complete understanding of in order to protect and maintain the integrity of your products: Strategy, Framework, Execution, Pitfalls, Status. These are some of the tips they shared:

1. Strategy: The first and, perhaps, most important pillar is to have a strong and well-defined strategy. From taking a pragmatic approach when dealing with the issue, to being sure you have your rights protected at the source, there’s no one single defined path to follow here. You should find the strategy that best fits to your brand. However, all the interviewed agreed on one point: you should employ the right legal partners, people “who understand the online environment and use intelligence and information in the right way”.
2. Framework, or how you should organise your strategy. Firstly, decide what your primary brand is. Secondly, monitor activities, learn from previous experiences (of your own and of others that may have been in similar situations) and file for trademark where necessary.
3. Execution: a constant monitoring is basic in any brand protection strategy, always keep in mind that your goal is to obtain evidence that proves criminal enterprises are doing something illegal. Also, do not forget that if you are operating in different territories, your strategy should vary in accordance with the law of these territories.
4. Pitfalls: Knowing which battles are worth going after and being able to get the timing and balance of protection right are important considerations. You may encounter difficulties throughout the processes, but being aware of them and being able to define them before they happen will surely help your goals.
5. Status: The importance of the brand protection is an issue that is gaining increased awareness by most brands. Recent government and parliament recognition helps to protect the status of your assets or content, fighting against counterfeit and piracy.

With an estimated magnitude of over $600 billion (and growing), the trafficking of counterfeit goods worldwide is constantly an important issue for brands all over the world. When working out how to minimise brand protection abuse, every company should count with a strong brand protection strategy that defends its assets from the very beginning. So when creating and developing this strategy it is extremely important to deal with the right legal experts, who understand what your brand needs are, what to monitor and when to take legal actions against infringers.

New gTLD: .SEX

There’s a new gTLD in town, and get ready because it is a big one. Since last week, it is possible to register .SEX domains at registrars. With this new addition, ICM Registry, who operates already the same theme domains .XXX, .ADULT and .PORN, takes control of a new and lucrative TLD.

With over 300 million searches for sex-related topics a month (this is, approximately, the 30% of the total internet traffic), sex has become the most searched topic of the web and adult-only websites one of the biggest revenue generators. That’s not really a surprise, if we consider that most of internet user are adults and a high proportion of them consume, at some point, adult material. Given this, there’s no doubt that the demand for more virtual space for the adult industry will keep growing. The creation of this new top level domain .SEX, arrives in order to fulfil this insatiable demand.

However, it is expected that not only pornography and adult related sites will get use of this domain name. Also health and safety related websites and educational sites can benefit from it. Sites promoting safe sex or websites about sexual education can find in dot sex an effective way of reaching new audiences while facilitating the identification of these informational sites for users.

But… what does .SEX mean for the big brands out there?

Basically, loads of headaches. .SEX is a very appealing domain for those engage in Cybersquatting. So in order to protect their brand and avoid the misuse of the brand name by third parties, this companies need to be fast. And not only companies need to be careful with this, also individuals can also be considered as a ‘brand’. Let’s think about Taylor Swift, who not so long ago purchased and in order to protect her name and brand. A good Digital Brand Protection strategy is essential nowadays.

So, with over 4.000 dot sex domains presold, we have to wonder, how many of them were actually bought by non erotic related big companies.

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Afnic, technical partner for the new Internet domains .paris and .bzh, makes an initial assessment after the general openings that took place on Dec. 2014.
The .paris project began in 2008 and was approved by ICANN in 2013. After its opening to the first 100 ambassadors on June 4, 2014 and a registration period reserved for rights-holders from September 9 to November 11, 2014, the .paris TLD has now entered a new phase.
On December 2, 2014, .paris domain names became available to the general public. 12,000 domain names using the new digital address for the French capital have already been reserved, including almost 6,000 on the first day of the launch.
Two days later, on December 4, 2014, the .bzh TLD also became available to the general public. For all Breton-born individuals and Brittany enthusiasts, the opening of this new Internet domain culminates a project that was initiated ten years ago. Gathering all the players since 2004 and backing by the Brittany Regional Council, the Association, supporting the .bzh project, obtained ICANN approval to create this new digital identity in 2013.
One week after the opening, almost 3,000 .bzh domain names have been registered by businesses, associations, local authorities and individuals, which contribute together to the construction of a new digital territory, spreading the image of Brittany to the world.

The growth in these figures confirms the enthusiasm of French users for new Internet domains (gTLD) that bring new, targeted places for expressing community membership, and fostering digital solidarity.
In addition to the .paris and .bzh TLDs, for five years Afnic has supported the deployment of 15 other new registries for new Internet extensions, including the .alsace, .corsica, .ovh, .sncf and .leclerc namespaces.
The non-profit organization, registry of .fr, also manages the overseas ccTLDs .re(Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte). The 23 ccTLDs represent a portfolio of more than 2.8 million domain names.
The next general openings are to take place in 2015, beginning with the .alsace TLD in January.

One other new top-level domain name was delegated ,binging the total number to 445. The newly delegated TLD is .Samsung.

Here are the other 444 TLDs delegated so far:

.ong TLD Delegation
3 May 2014 GMO GMO Internet, Inc.
3 May 2014 GLOBO Globo Comunicação e Participações S.A
3 May 2014 BAYERN Bayern Connect GmbH
30 April 2014 AIRFORCE United TLD Holdco Ltd.
29 April 2014 CREDITCARD Binky Frostbite, LLC
29 April 2014 INSURE Pioneer Willow, LLC
29 April 2014 FINANCE Cotton Cypress, LLC
29 April 2014 WTC World Trade Centers Association, Inc.
29 April 2014 CITIC CITIC Group Corporation
24 April 2014 москва (xn--80adxhks) – Russian for “Moscow/ moskva”Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID)
24 April 2014 MOSCOW Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID)
23 April 2014 LIMITED Big Fest, LLC
23 April 2014 FAIL Atomic Pipe, LLC
23 April 2014 EXCHANGE Spring Falls, LLC
23 April 2014 TAX Storm Orchard, LLC
23 April 2014 WTF Hidden Way, LLC
23 April 2014 FUND John Castle, LLC
23 April 2014 SURGERY Tin Avenue, LLC
23 April 2014 INVESTMENTS Holly Glen, LLC
23 April 2014 FINANCIAL Just Cover, LLC
23 April 2014 GRATIS Pioneer Tigers, LLC
23 April 2014 FURNITURE Lone Fields, LLC
23 April 2014 DENTAL Tin Birch, LLC
23 April 2014 CARE Goose Cross, LLC
23 April 2014 CASHD elta Lake, LLC
23 April 2014 DISCOUNT Holly Hill, LLC
23 April 2014 BLACKFRIDAY Uniregistry, Corp.
23 April 2014 CLINICoose Park, LLC
23 April 2014 FITNESS Brice Orchard, LLC
19 April 2014 SCHULE Outer Moon, LLC
19 April 2014 FOO Charleston Road Registry, Inc.
19 April 2014 SOY Charleston Road Registry, Inc.
19 April 2014 PARIS City of Paris
19 April 2014 FROGANSOP3FT
16 April 2014 QUEBEC PointQuébec Inc
11 April 2014 PICTURES Foggy Sky, LLC
11 April 2014 UNIVERSITLittle Station, LLC
11 April 2014 GALAsociación puntoGAL
11 April 2014 ASSOCIATES Baxter Hill, LLC
11 April 2014 REISE New Cypress, LLC
11 April 2014 MEDIA Grand Glen, LLC
11 April 2014 CAREEr dotCareer LLC
11 April 2014 TOWN Koko Moon, LLC
11 April 2014 TOYS Pioneer Orchard, LLC
11 April 2014 LEASE Victor Trail, LLC
11 April 2014 SERVICES Fox Castle, LLC
11 April 2014 ENGINEERING Romeo Canyon
11 April 2014 GRIPE Com Sunset, LLC
11 April 2014 EUS Puntueus Fundazioa
11 April 2014 CAPITAL Delta Mill, LLC
10 April 2014 DESIDesi Networks, LLC
10 April 2014 FEEDBACK Top Level Spectrum, Inc.
10 April 2014 COLLEGE XYZ.COM, LLC
10 April 2014 ROCKS United TLD Holdco, Ltd.
10 April 2014 网址 (xn--ses554g) – Chinese for “network address”Hu Yi Global Information Resources (Holding) Company Hong Kong Limited
4 April 2014 GOP Republican State Leadership Committee, Inc.
3 April 2014 RYUKYU BusinessRalliart Inc.
3 April 2014 YOKOHAMA GMO Registry, Inc.
2 April 2014 REST Punto 2012 Sociedad Anonima Promotora de Inversion de Capital Variable
2 April 2014 SAARLAND dotSaarland GmbH
31 March 2014 CONSULTING Pixie Station, LLC
31 March 2014 VODKA Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
31 March 2014 HAUS Pixie Edge, LLC
31 March 2014 COOKING Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
31 March 2014 MOE Interlink Co., Ltd.
31 March 2014 RODEO Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
31 March 2014 COUNTRY Uniregistry, Corp.
31 March 2014 商城(xn--czru2d) – Chinese for “mall” Zodiac Capricorn Limited
31 March 2014 HORSE Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
31 March 2014 FISHING Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
31 March 2014 VEGAS Dot Vegas, Inc.
31 March 2014 MIAMI Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
31 March 2014 ARCHI Starting Dot Limited
27 March 2014 BLACK Afilias Limited
27 March 2014 REN Beijing Qianxiang Wangjing Technology Development Co., Ltd.
27 March 2014 MEET Afilias Limited
25 March 2014 SOHU Limited
22 March 2014 LONDON Dot London Domains Limited
20 March 2014 NYC The City of New York by and through the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications
19 March 2014 COLOGNE NetCologne Gesellschaft für Telekommunikation mbH
19 March 2014 AXA AXA SA
19 March 2014 WEBCAM dot Webcam Limited
19 March 2014 TRADE Elite Registry Limited
15 March 2014 JETZT New TLD Company
12 March 2014 世界 (xn--rhqv96g) – Chinese for “world/shijie” Stable Tone Limited
11 March 2014 DNP Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
11 March 2014 INK Top Level Design, LLC
9 March 2014 机构 (xn--nqv7f) – Chinese for “agencies/institutions” Public Interest Registry
9 March 2014 संगठन (xn--i1b6b1a6a2e) – Hindi for “organization/sangathana” Public Interest Registry
9 March 2014 组织机构 (xn--nqv7fs00ema) – Chinese for “organization” Public Interest Registry
5 March 2014 орг (xn--c1avg) – Russian for “organization/org” Public Interest Registry
5 March 2014 KOELN NetCologne Gesellschaft für Telekommunikation mbH
2 March 2014 BID dot Bid Limited
2 March 2014 OKINAWA BusinessRalliart Inc.
2 March 2014 VOTE Monolith Registry LLC
2 March 2014 VOTO Monolith Registry LLC
27 February 2014 BAR Punto 2012 Sociedad Anonima Promotora de Inversion de Capital Variable
27 February 2014 KRED KredTLD Pty Ltd
27 February 2014 BEST BestTLD Pty Ltd
26 February 2014 CHRISTMAS Uniregistry, Corp.
26 February 2014 PUB United TLD Holdco, Ltd.
26 February 2014 дети (xn--d1acj3b) – Russian for “kids/deti” The Foundation for Network Initiatives “The Smart Internet”
26 February 2014 ACTOR United TLD Holdco, Ltd.
25 February 2014 SUPPLIES Atomic Fields, LLC
21 February 2014 FISH Fox Woods, LLC
21 February 2014 삼성 (xn―cg4bki) – Korean for “Samsung/Samseong” Samsung SDS Co., LTD
21 February 2014 VACATIONS Atomic Tigers, LLC
21 February 2014 INDUSTRIES Outer House, LLC
21 February 2014 SUPPLY Half Falls, LLC
19 February 2014 XYZ XYZ.COM, LLC
19 February 2014 WIKI Top Level Design, LLC
19 February 2014 NEUSTAR NeuStar, Inc,
18 February 2014 بازار (xn--mgbab2bd) – Arabic for “bazaar/bazar” CORE Association
16 February 2014 MANGO Punto FA S.L.
12 February 2014 QPON dotCOOL, Inc.
11 February 2014 CARDS Foggy Hollow, LLC
11 February 2014 FOUNDATION John Dale, LLC
11 February 2014 REVIEWS United TLD Holdco, Ltd.
11 February 2014 FUTBOL United TLD Holdco, Ltd.
11 February 2014 VISION Koko Station, LLC
11 February 2014 CONDOS Pine House, LLC
11 February 2014 VILLAS Koko Station, LLC
11 February 2014 PARTS Sea Goodbye, LLC
11 February 2014 PRODUCTIONS Magic Birch, LLC
11 February 2014 MAISON Victor Frostbite, LLC
5 February 2014 移动 (xn--6frz82g) – Chinese for “mobile” Afilias Limited
5 February 2014 BLUE Afilias Limited
4 February 2014 FLIGHTS Fox Station, LLC
4 February 2014 CLEANING Fox Shadow, LLC
4 February 2014 REPORT Binky Glen, LLC
4 February 2014 EVENTS Pioneer Maple, LLC
4 February 2014 CRUISES Spring Way, LLC
4 February 2014 RENTALS Big Hollow, LLC
4 February 2014 PARTNERS Magic Glen, LLC
4 February 2014 PROPERTIES Big Pass, LLC
4 February 2014 CATERING New Falls, LLC
4 February 2014 EXPOSED Victor Beach, LLC
29 January 2014 VOTING Valuetainment, Corp.
29 January 2014 TOKYO GMO Registry, Inc.
29 January 2014 NAGOYA GMO Registry, Inc.
27 January 2014 DATING Pine Fest, LLC
27 January 2014 COMMUNITY Fox Orchard, LLC
23 January 2014 BOUTIQUE Over Galley, LLC
23 January 2014 BARGAINS Half Hallow, LLC
23 January 2014 TIENDA Victor Manor, LLC
23 January 2014 WORKS Little Dynamite, LLC
23 January 2014 WED Atgron, Inc.
23 January 2014 EXPERT Magic Pass, LLC
23 January 2014 WATCH Sand Shadow, LLC
23 January 2014 KIM Afilias Limited
23 January 2014 COOL Koko Lake, LLC
23 January 2014 TOOLS Pioneer North, LLC
18 January 2014 CLUB .Club Domains, LLC
18 January 2014 BUILD Plan Bee, LLC
18 January 2014 PICS Uniregistry, Corp.
18 January 2014 PINK Afilias Limited
18 January 2014 LUXURY Luxury Partners, LLC
18 January 2014 PHOTO Uniregistry, Corp.
18 January 2014 GIFT Uniregistry, Corp.
18 January 2014 网络 (xn--io0a7i) – Chinese for “network” Computer Network Information Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China Internet Information Center)
18 January 2014 公司 (xn--55qx5d) – Chinese for “company” Computer Network Information Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China Internet Information Center)
18 January 2014 MONASH Monash University
18 January 2014 RICH I-REGISTRY Ltd. Niederlassung Deutschland
18 January 2014 RED Afilias Limited
18 January 2014 SHIKSHA Afilias Limited
18 January 2014 中信 (xn--fiq64b) – Chinese for “CITIC” CITIC Group Corporation
18 January 2014 LINK Uniregistry, Corp.
18 January 2014 GUITARS Uniregistry, Corp.
14 January 2014 ZONE Outer Falls, LLC
14 January 2014 CHEAP Sand Cover, LLC
14 January 2014 MARKETING Fern pass, LLC
14 January 2014 DEMOCRAT United TLD Holdco Ltd.
14 January 2014 SOCIAL United TLD Holdco Ltd.
14 January 2014 AGENCY Steel Falls, LLC
14 January 2014 MODA United TLD Holdco Ltd.
14 January 2014 DANCE United TLD Holdco Ltd.
8 January 2014 BERLIN dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG
3 January 2014 集团 (xn--3bst00m) – Chinese for “group” Eagle Horizon Limited
3 January 2014 我爱你 (xn--6qq986b3xl) – Chinese for “I love you” Tycoon Treasure Limited
3 January 2014 中文网 (xn--fiq228c5hs) – Chinese for “Chinese network” TLD Registry Limited
3 January 2014 WANG Zodiac Leo Limited
3 January 2014 KIWI Dot Kiwi Limited
3 January 2014 WIEN GmbH
2 January 2014 EMAIL Spring Madison, LLC
2 January 2014 IMMOBILIEN United TLD Holdco Ltd.
2 January 2014 在线 (xn--3ds443g) – Chinese for “online” TLD Registry Limited
28 December 2013 INSTITUTE Outer Maple, LLC
28 December 2013 CEO CEOTLD Pty Ltd
28 December 2013 SOLAR Ruby Town, LLC
28 December 2013 FARM Just Maple, LLC
28 December 2013 EDUCATION Brice Way, LLC
28 December 2013 GLASS Black Cover, LLC
28 December 2013 ONL I-REGISTRY Ltd. Niederlassung Deutschland
28 December 2013 INTERNATIONAL Wild Way, LLC
28 December 2013 CODES Puff Willow, LLC
28 December 2013 TRAINING Wild Willow, LLC
28 December 2013 HOUSE Sugar Park, LLC
28 December 2013 KAUFEN United TLD Holdco Ltd.
28 December 2013 NINJA United TLD Holdco Ltd.
28 December 2013 REPAIR Lone Sunset, LLC
28 December 2013 BUILDERS Atomic Madison, LLC
28 December 2013 COFFEE Trixy Cover, LLC
28 December 2013 FLORIST Half Cypress, LLC
28 December 2013 HOLIDAY Goose Woods, LLC
28 December 2013 SOLUTIONS Silver Cover, LLC
18 December 2013 BUZZ dotStrategy Co.
18 December 2013 SUPPORT Grand Orchard, LLC
17 December 2013 RECIPES Grand Island, LLC
17 December 2013 COMPUTER Pine Mill, LLC
17 December 2013 ACADEMY Half Oaks, LLC
17 December 2013 CAREERS Wild Corner, LLC
17 December 2013 CAB Half Sunset, LLC
17 December 2013 公益 (xn--55qw42g) – Chinese for “charity” China Organizational Name Administration Center
17 December 2013 政务 (xn--zfr164b) – Chinese for “government” China Organizational Name Administration Center
17 December 2013 SYSTEMS Dash Cypress, LLC
17 December 2013 DOMAINS Sugar Cross, LLC
17 December 2013 VIAJES Black Madison, LLC
17 December 2013 COMPANY Silver Avenue, LLC
17 December 2013 CAMP Delta Dynamite, LLC
17 December 2013 LIMO Hidden Frostbite, LLC
17 December 2013 MANAGEMENT John Goodbye, LLC
17 December 2013 PHOTOS Sea Corner, LLC
17 December 2013 SHOES Binky Galley, LLC
17 December 2013 CENTER Tin Mill, LLC
10 December 2013 RUHR Regiodot GmbH & Co. KG
30 November 2013 MENU Wedding TLD2, LLC
30 November 2013 UNO Dot Latin, LLC
23 November 2013 みんな (xn--q9jyb4c) – Japanese for “everyone” Charleston Road Registry, Inc.
19 November 2013 diamonds John Edge, LLC
19 November 2013 tips Corn Willow, LLC
19 November 2013 photography Sugar Glen, LLC
19 November 2013 directory Extra Madison, LLC
19 November 2013 enterprises Snow Oaks, LLC
19 November 2013 kitchen Just Goodbye, LLC
19 November 2013 today Pearl Woods, LLC
14 November 2013 plumbing Spring Tigers, LLC
14 November 2013 graphics Over Madison, LLC
14 November 2013 contractors Magic Woods, LLC
14 November 2013 gallery Sugar House, LLC
14 November 2013 sexy Uniregistry, Corp.
14 November 2013 construction Fox Dynamite, LLC
14 November 2013 tattoo Uniregistry, Corp.
14 November 2013 technology Auburn Falls
14 November 2013 estate Trixy Park, LLC
14 November 2013 land Pine Moon, LLC
14 November 2013 bike Grand Hollow, LLC
06 November 2013 VENTURES Binky Lake, LLC
06 November 2013 CAMERA Atomic Maple, LLC.
06 November 2013 CLOTHING Steel Lake, LLC
06 November 2013 LIGHTING John McCook, LLC
06 November 2013 SINGLES Fern Madison, LLC
06 November 2013 VOYAGE Ruby House, LLC
06 November 2013 GURU Pioneer Cypress, LLC
06 November 2013 HOLDINGS John Madison, LLC
06 November 2013 EQUIPMENT Corn Station, LLC
23 October 2013 شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) – Arabic for “web/network” International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.
23 October 2013 онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Russian for “online” CORE Association
23 October 2013 сайт (xn--80aswg) – Russian for “site” CORE Association
23 October 2013 游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “game(s)” Spring Fields, LLC

A Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) request was submitted by Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft to allow the release of country and territory names for .BMW and .MINI top-level domains (TLDs).
The RSEP proposal was posted on the RSEP webpage for public information and can be found here. Currently, the .BMW and .MINI Registry Agreements require country and territory names contained in specific internationally recognized lists to be withheld from registration or allocated to the registry operator at all levels.

As required by the RSEP, ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination on whether the RSEP proposal might raise significant competition, security or stability issues. ICANN’s preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any such issues.

Following ICANN’s preliminary determination that the proposal does not raise significant competition, security or stability issues, it was further determined that the change would require a material change to the registry operator’s Registry Agreement and that an amendment is needed in order to effect the change.

The proposed amendments, which are being posted for comment, would allow the registration of country and territory names at all levels in .BMW and .MINI TLDs. It should be noted that as of 2 October 2014, Specification 13 has been granted for both .BMW and .MINI meaning that both TLDs have .BRAND TLD provisions in place.
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The online brand protection company unique partner in Italy for the simplification of administrative procedures in the Russian register by Italian companies

Rome/Moscow, December 4th, 2014 – dotNice official Trusted Partner in Italy of RU-CENTER. With this agreement dotNice, the italian brand protection and brand reputation company projected on the international markets – also thanks to the support of its Dublin-based sister company – in business for over 18 years, confirms its leadership in providing services with higher added value aimed at an highly efficient and cost-effective protection of trademarks online.

“This partnership makes Russian top-level domains closer to Italian market,” says Andrey Vorobyev, RU-CENTER Head of PR&GR. “With strong business relationships between the countries it is essential to provide convenient tools for names’ registration Italian companies need for successful business in Russia.”

“It is with great pleasure – says Alessandro Bucci, CEO of dotNice – that we announce this partnership with RU-CENTER. The agreement we have recently signed will significantly simplify the administrative procedures on the Russian domain names for the Italian companies by providing ease of access, greater efficiency and lower costs.”

The RU-CENTER representative office in Italy is ready to fully support both the actual holders of domain names registered in Russia – providing all the domain names related services and operations, as renewals, transfer of rights, data modification, change of registrar, cancellation of services – and those who wish to register new domain names with the .ru extension.

dotNice contacts:

dotNice Italia srl
Piazza del Popolo 18
00187 Rome – Italy
Ph: +39.06.874461
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Nearly 60% of domain names in China that were hijacked by backdoor programs in the first half of 2014 ended in “.com” and 48.8% of these cases were controlled by overseas IP addresses, the Beijing-based China Securities Journal reports.
Huang Chengqing, director of China’s National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT or CNCERT/CC) disclosed the statistics at a forum on cyber security at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province on Nov. 20.
Domain names are the addresses websites use to allow internet users to find them. When one gets hijacked, the person looking for that site gets redirected to a site controlled by hackers. In many cases though, hackers can be traced back to their IP address or special idenifier each computer has.
The report suggested that among the overseas IPs controlling hacked domain names in China, the US, Hong Kong, and South Korea were the top three. Huang said China now faces a difficult situation in terms of its internet security and plans to combat it by promoting international partnership programs. CNCERT has signed cyber security agreements with 17 organizations and established international cooperation partnership with 127 organizations in 59 countries.
CNCERT is a non-governmental and non-profit cyber security technical center and the key coordination team for China’s cyber security emergency response system. They are also responsible for domain name registrations in China.

Afnic has published the new naming policy for domain names under the .fr, .pm, .re, .tf, .wf and .yt ccTLDs which comes into force on December 8, 2014.
The main changes in the registration policy are:
As announced on 8 October 2014, registration of .fr domain names only consisting of one or two character(s) is authorized from December 8, 2014.
The opening is scheduled in phases, with a precise timetable.
The opening is only applicable under the .fr TLD and none of the other country codes managed by Afnic: .pm, .re, .tf, .wf or .yt .
The creation of a registry lock option. Holders may ask their registrar to benefit from this option which prevents any intervention on the domain name without obtaining the prior confirmation of the registrar and/or the holder of the domain name.

More information are available here

AFNIC is the French Registry for the .fr (France), .re (Reunion Island), .yt (Mayotte), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .tf (French Southern Territories), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon). AFNIC is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and services for registries and registrars. AFNIC (the French Network Information Centre) comprises public and private stakeholders, including government authorities, users, and Internet service providers (Registrars). It is a non-profit organisation.