November 21, 2012

Domain Names and the First Amendment: The Latest Word

The intersection of domain names and the First Amendment is not new. Indeed, in the early days of the domain name system, courts considered the issue of whether a domain name registrar could prohibit the registration of domain names on the basis of content – for instance, domain names containing profanities. See Nat’l A-1 Advertising,… Read More

November 2, 2012

Judge’s Ruling on Antitrust Complaint Has Implications Far Beyond the .xxx Domain

A recent decision by a federal judge in California has brought ICANN’s broad authority over the domain name system once again into question. Manwin Licensing International – perhaps the most lucrative provider of online adult-oriented content – brought an antitrust action against ICANN arising from the establishment of the .xxx top-level domain and the award… Read More

October 25, 2012

Report From an Energized WIPO Conference in Geneva

Each October, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency, hosts at its Geneva, Switzerland, headquarters about 50 participants from around the world for a two-day conclave to discuss recent developments and issues surrounding domain name trademark disputes. This conference brings together, in one place (as an added bonus, scenically overlooking Lake Geneva… Read More

September 19, 2012

Libya Loses Court Battle Over Its Own ‘Libyan Embassy’ Trademark

In an interesting recent opinion, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rebuffed the Libyan Government’s bid to obtain a transfer to it of the domain name registration for libyanembassy.com from a “legalization expeditor” – a company that certifies documents as one step in the process of international legalization of documents (such as… Read More

July 24, 2012

Ifrah Law Partner Michelle Cohen: Don’t Consider Yourself Immune to Data Breaches

Michelle Cohen recently joined Ifrah Law as a partner. Here is an edited transcript of a recent interview with Ms. Cohen. Question:  What are some of your legal experiences and strengths that you’d like to highlight? Answer: I have many years of experience representing clients engaged in various industry sectors before state attorney generals, the… Read More

June 13, 2012

Domain Names Go Creative: Will We Soon See Dot-Poker?

Domain names on the Internet are about to get much more varied and creative. Soon websites will not just end in the few familiar suffixes like “com” or “edu,” but could end in things like “.movie” or ”.lawyer” or “.lol.” On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization tasked with… Read More

April 10, 2012

Second Circuit YouTube Ruling Will Have Major Impact for Online-Piracy Debate

What had been touted as a great victory for Google in particular and for “Internet freedom” in general was just dealt a major blow when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision in Viacom’s lawsuit against Google and Google-owned YouTube. Viacom, along with the English… Read More

February 12, 2012

Better Anti-Piracy Bill Introduced in Wake of SOPA, PIPA

We previously wrote about the broad protests over two bills in Congress targeting online copyright infringement – the House’s Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). We were pleased that the protests and other activities were effective in ending efforts to pass those versions of the legislation. The protests… Read More

January 20, 2012

Online Protests Hit Hard Against Anti-Piracy Bills

Organized online protests over two bills in Congress targeting online copyright infringement — the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) — seem to have crippled these bills’ progress and ended their chances of becoming law in their present form. We have previously written about the protests mounting… Read More