#Bloggers will pay $920 dollars to stay online in #Tanzania

If you’re a domain blogger in the African nation of Tanzania, things are getting tough. Not only will all bloggers have to register their personal information, they have to pay the Tanzanian government a fee of about $920 dollars. That’s right. Almost a thousand bucks for the “privilege” to be a blogger, whether about domain […]

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Center for Investigative Reporting : Neo-Nazi site allowed on GoDaddy

According to The Center of Investigative Reporting, a neo-Nazi site is still allowed to operate on GoDaddy, using its Domains by Proxy services. GoDaddy is not hosting the content of The Daily Stormer, that utilizes Cloudflare; the article states that GoDaddy asserted that it wouldn’t host it on its platform. The Center of Investigative Reporting […]

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Journal de Mourréal : Satirical web site saved from Montreal UDRP

A Quebecois newspaper, Journal de Montreal, staged a legal battle against the owner of Journal de Mourréal, a satirical web site. In 2013, Janick Murray-Hall, owner of the Journal – alias Bob Flanagan – became the editor-in-chief of the spoof web site JournalDeMourreal.com, mocking the Journal de Montréal, a year after launching his Facebook page. […]

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Chinese domain market report : No “fake news” allowed in China

Glad to live in America, where delivering parody news, even when critical of politicians and the government itself, equals protected speech. In China, it’s going to get serious soon, as the State Internet Information Office has urged increased vigilance in cracking down on “fake news” on the Internet. According to ChinaDaily, a number of heavy-visited […]

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Internyet : Russian government eager to control online access in Russia

I say Internet, you say Internyet. The Russian government is getting ready to police its citizens’ Internet access, in a move aimed at controlling free speech within Russia. A new bill to be voted into a law will ensure that a “Russian Internet” will be filtered in ways the government decides. The Russian segment of […]

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Domain transfer denied : 18 surveillance cameras and one UDRP later

The tenants of the rental property of 510 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291 have found a novel way to bring awareness to various issues they have with their landlord. By registering the domain 510pacificave.com and posting about their daily life at the premises, they also invited the landlord’s wrath. In a UDRP for the domain, […]

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After blocking Twitter, Turkey yanks YouTube

Just a few days after blocking Twitter at the DNS and IP level, the government of Turkey has blocked YouTube as well. The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been fighting to block off communications that were posted online, alleging that he and his son were involved in a scandal of corruption. With elections […]

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Bill Clinton: Internet freedom will suffer if the US gives up Internet oversight

Former US president, Bill Clinton, expressed his grave concerns over a plan promoted by ICANN to strip the US of its Internet oversight. Bill Clinton spoke at the Arizona State University, alongside Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales; they both doubted the benefits of such a change. Not holding back his words, Clinton stated that a global […]

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Girl beats world: Ohio transplant and blogger nails a UDRP without legal representation!

It doesn’t happen too often, but an Ohio transplant to San Francisco operating from TheLocalTransplant.com has beaten the UDRP of an aggressor at the National Arbitration Forum – all without the help of a lawyer. Aimee Rancer cited her free speech rights, along with the use of her blog for non-commercial purposes and fought off […]

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UDRP decision: Randazza Legal Group to receive all domains squatted by Reverend Crystal Cox

IP attorney Marc Randazza of the Randazza Legal Group has prevailed at the WIPO, today. In a case involving several personal domain names registered by blogger and marketing/SEO specialist, Reverend Crystal Cox, the decision comes as a bold statement about squatting domains of famous or important people for profit. The UDRP ends thus: “[…] the […]

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French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo intermittently down after publishing Prophet Mohammed cartoons

The French magazine Charlie Hebdo published several cartoons today, featuring a figure that looks like the Prophet Mohammed. Charlie Hebdo appears both in print and online. However, the Charlie Hebdo web site is currently facing database issues, as the following message appears quite often, when visiting CharlieHebdo.fr “Connection impossible Can’t connect to local MySQL server […]

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Sex.com case lawyer to get “FU” made out of $211,223.04

Back in June, we wrote how an argument between The Oatmeal and the Funny Junk owners ended up involving Charles Carreon, the lawyer who became famous for his role in reclaiming the stolen domain, Sex.com, in the mid 90’s. Carreon asked for $20,000 for his client, in order to settle an alleged case of defamation; […]

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