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From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 14:44:15 +1000 (EST)
Some of this is a couple of weeks old...

Cheers
David
DOT-BIZ SALES RAISE CONCERNS DOWN UNDER
New Zealand domain name registrars are asking that country's
Commerce Commission to investigate the dot-biz sales
practices of an Australian company.  The company, Internet
Name Group, apparently sent out a mass mailing inviting
people to pay a non-refundable A$250 for a dot-biz
registration.  The NZ companies argue the mailings may have
breached the Fair Trading Act.
<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=213349>

UDRP STUDY RAISES BIAS CONCERNS
A study of 3094 ICANN UDRP cases that I am releasing today
finds that when providers control who decides a case (which
they do for all single panel cases), complainants win just
over 83 percent of the time.  When provider influence over
panelists diminishes, which occurs in three-member panel
cases, the complainant winning percentage drops to 60
percent.  In addition to the dramatic difference in outcome
between single and three-member panels, the study finds that
case allocation appears to be heavily biased toward ensuring
that a majority of cases are steered toward
complainant-friendly panelists. As of July 7, 2001, an
astonishing 53% of all NAF single panel cases (512 of 966)
were decided by only six people.  The complainant
winning percentage in those cases was an astounding 94%.
WIPO, meanwhile, has failed to assign even one of its 1629
single panel cases to at least two panelists perceived to be
pro-respondent.  Of the 104 WIPO panelists to have decided
five or more cases, all but one have complainants winning at
least 50% of the time. Study at
http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~geist/geistudrp.pdf
Media coverage at
http://interactive.wsj.com/articles/SB998251965684550590.htm
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AND NOW YOU CAN SEARCH THE DATA YOURSELF
In conjunction with the release of the Fair.com? An
Examination of the Allegations of Systemic Unfairness in the
ICANN UDRP, I have ported much of the data behind the study
to the Web.  Udrpinfo.com features a searchable database of
panelist UDRP records along with other UDRP resources.  Beta
site at
http://www.udrpinfo.com

ICANN CHIEF CLAIMS NET STRAIN
ICANN CEO M. Stuart Lynn claims that plans to add new
features and languages to Web site addresses are stretching
the domain name system beyond its original capabilities.
The article asserts that attempts to incorporate foreign
languages into the Internet naming system has prompted fears
of technical glitches and more legal battles as the system
performs functions it was never designed to handle.
http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/tech/025550.htm

AND URGES DOMAIN-NAME SHOPPERS TO HANG IN THERE
In the same interviedw, Lynn urges domain-name applicants
not to give up hope in their quest to register domain names
under the new .info and .biz suffixes.  The domain name
registration process has already caused numerous lawsuits
and fraud allegations. NeuLevel, responsible for the .biz
domain, has become involved in court challenges questioning
the legality of its process, while Afilias has struggled to
curb abuses of the pre-registration process for its .info
domain.
http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/reuters_wire/1418021l.htm




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