Keep an I on our Week (Direct .UK disruption edition)

The top three articles this week were:

  1. Microsoft tablet to resurface in the big Apple on October 25
  2. MiNi tablet tales 
  3. Nominet create a new gTLD & disrupts the .UK Internet

Nominet’s new shiny website is still encountering quite a few teething problems eg:

The Consultation they launched on Monday continues to cause us concern. ALL (that’s millions) of UK businesses with a .co.uk domain will be effected if Nominet’s proposals proceed substantially as announced. The value of these businesses Intellectual Property (howsoever obtained) and the associated Goodwill could be adversely impacted. We think it is possible that if ANY such business does NOT apply under the existing rights phases an application could (and no doubt would) be made by other parties in the landrush phase leading to potentially millions of competitor domain names such as:

  • Google.uk
  • BBC.uk
  • Ebay.uk
  • Amazon.uk
  • DailyMail.uk
  • Guardian.uk
  • Telegraph.uk
  • RightMove.uk
  • HSBC.uk
  • Argos.uk
  • Etc.uk
  • Andsonandson.uk
  • Andmillionsofothers.uk

We shall return to this topic but in the meantime encourage everyone to make themselves aware of  Nominets proposals and to spread the word/concerns.

This is where you can get further information

Here’s the consultation (pdf) or  “You can respond to the consultation either by completing an online form, by downloading the consultation and emailing your comments to direct@nominet.org.uk  or by requesting a hard copy of the consultation from direct@nominet.org.uk

And here’s their video & link  http://youtu.be/Q6Gu2cQRVpk which again we encourage you to publicise widely.

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