Court case for .web works its way through appeals court.
Question: When will .web domain names grace the internet?
Answer: no time soon.
In late November, Judge Percy Anderson of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, granted ICANN’s motion to dismiss Donuts’ lawsuit against the organization over the auction for the .web top level domain name.
Donuts was miffed that Verisign struck an agreement with one of the bidders to buy the .web domain name from it post-auction. Verisign provided the funding to Nu Dot Co to buy the domain. Nu Dot Co also declined to enter into a private auction for the domain in which the losers would have split the proceeds.
Nu Dot Co subsequently won the auction for $135 million.
Donuts claimed that the deal between Verisign and Nu Dot Co was not done legitimately and sued. The court dismissed the case because Donuts entered into an agreement not to sue when it applied for .web with ICANN.
After the court’s decision, Donuts co-founder Jon Nevett said: Click here to continue reading…