- June 18, 2000
Beauty.cc Name Goes for $1
eNIC Corporation, a Seattle-based Internet company that
is the worldwide registry of the dot-cc top level domain
(TLD) and the registrar for second level domain names within
the dot-cc TLD, today announced that the registrant of beauty.cc
sold the domain name for $1 million. It is the highest known
transaction for a domain name not ending in .com.
"We're very excited that
one of our key distribution partners, SamsDirect, has made
this sale because it shows that dot-cc is rapidly gaining
acceptance as an address with as much clout as dot-com," says
Brian Cartmell, Chairman and CEO of eNIC Corporation. "However,
in the excitement over the news of this sale there has
been some misinformation circulating about who actually
profits from the sale, which was made by a private registrant
similar to the sale of business.com for $7.5 million last
While eNIC, as the worldwide
dot-cc registry, is the repository of all functional information
relating to registrations of dot-cc domain names, the company
does not share in the proceeds of any secondary sales transactions
by registrants nor does it actively solicit or promote
any such secondary sales on behalf of dot-cc registrants.
Rather, eNIC collects a standard fee for dot-cc domain
name registrations at the time of registration.
"Obviously, the more popular
the dot-cc domain becomes, the better for the Internet
community," says Cartmell. "The beauty.cc sale
will no doubt validate the worth of all dot-cc names now
in use and those that will be registered in the future.
It will also help to accelerate the public awareness of
the fact that you don't have to be a dot-com to successfully
operate on the Internet."
Is Linking Illegal?
According to the New York Times:
"A crucial aspect of online
journalism is the ability to garnish articles with hyperlinks
that instantly refer readers to Web sites related to newsworthy
But suppose one of those sites
contains material alleged to be illegal--a pirated copy
of an author's book, perhaps, or an unlawful software program.
Is the publisher who did the linking in hot water?
The answer, according to legal
papers recently filed by eight motion picture studios in
a closely-watched federal case in Manhattan, is sometimes
yes and sometimes no.
Lawyers for the movie companies
have asked U. S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan to order
a Web publisher to stop linking to hundreds of sites carrying
a piece of software—DeCSS--that they say threatens their
industry with mass piracy and violates a federal law..."
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