Business

District Judge LIAM O’GRADY Rules Domain Names Are Not Property under Virgina Law

Business, Domains
A Virgina federal judge has ruled that domain names are not property under Virgina Law. The case is ALEXANDRIA SURVEYS, LLC, , v. ALEXANDRIA CONSULTING GROUP, LLC, (ACG)  Civil Action No. 1:13-CV-00891, United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria Division and was handed down by District Judge LIAM O’GRADY The case was an appeal from a Bankruptcy court decision, which involved a lot of issues, but we are going to limit our review of the case only as it applied to disucssion related to the the domain name of Alexandria LLC, ALEXANDRIASURVEY.COM, which was ordered by the Bankruptcy Court to be sold to paythe creditors. The Debtor argued  that the domain name  and phone numbers sold to ACG at auction were not the debtor’s property, and therefore could not be properly sold as par

Internet Society Expresses Concern over Impact of IPRs Provisions in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Draft

Business, Governance, Internet
18 November 2013 The Internet Society is concerned that the global Internet may be harmed if countries adopt Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) provisions contained in the recently leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) draft.  We do not believe that these provisions are consistent with basic principles of transparency, due process, accountability, proportionality and the rule of law. The leaked TPP Agreement is a complex set of rights and principles related to IPR and we believe that the current draft reflects a disproportionate balance of rights in favor of intellectual property owners.  In addition to other issues, these provisions could also have important consequences for online privacy, a critical dimension in light of heightened awareness worldwide about the impor

What is Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?

Business, Governance, Internet
What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold: (1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate. (2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy. The twelve nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore,

AfDB launches e-consultation on new governance strategy

Business
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a Web consultation on its new Governance Strategy for 2014-2018 aimed at receiving feedback from all its stakeholders on their expectations on the Bank’s future governance interventions. “The vision of AfDB is that Africa is governed by transparent, accountable and responsive governments with strong institutions that are capable of driving inclusive and sustainable growth,” said Lobe Ndoumbe, Governance and Financial Management Director, at the launch of the web consultation. AfDB’s new Governance Strategy is based on the AfDB Group’s Strategy for 2013-2022in which governance and accountability are among the core operational priorities, to be mainstreamed across the Bank. Through its web consultation, AfDB seeks to inform all stakeh

Indonesia rated top source of Cyber-Attack Traffic

Business
The unexpected surge in cyber-attacks coming from Indonesia earlier this year wasn't a fluke. The country has overtaken China to become the No. 1 source of attack traffic in the world, according to a report by Akamai Technologies to be published later today. Indonesia accounted for 38 percent of hacking-related traffic on servers Akamai monitored in the second quarter, up from 21 percent at the beginning of the year. China, a notorious haven for hacking, fell to No. 2, with a third of global attack traffic. The U.S. share fell to 6.9 percent, but the country remained in third place. Determining exactly where a cyber-attack operation is centralized is difficult because a hacker can take over victims' machines located in another country. However, the sudden rise of Indonesia, which acc...