ICANN Staff Requests Six-Month Delay for UDRP/URS RPM Report ICANN staff have requested a six-month delay in the delivery date of a Preliminary Issue Report on the “current state of all rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) implemented for both existing and new gTLDs, including but not limited to the UDRP and the URS”. The request is contained in a January 5, 2015 e-mail sent by... Read m...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 16:6
Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition On the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract betwee...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 9:43
ICANN New gTLD Auction Proceeds Approaching $30 Million While the debate continues as to whether most new gTLDs are a sound long-term investment for their registry operators, there’s no disputing that the program has been an economic boom for ICANN. The 1,930 first round applications each required an application fee of $185,000, which added up to a tidy $357 million. Even after refunds......
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, November 28, 2014 - 19:7
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 17:31
Chan Luu Case Settles/Registrants Can Still Seek Return of Domains While we are not privy to the details, we have received word that there has been a settlement in the litigation brought by Chan Luu against Grant Shellhammer and Online Growth. As we first reported in early October, more than 5,000 domain names were said to have been transferred by VeriSign to Uniregistrar after it... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 21:48
ICA Counsel Appointed to Inaugural .US Stakeholder Council ICA Counsel Philip Corwin has been appointed to the first Stakeholder Council ever established for .US, the country code top level domain (ccTLD) of the United States. The Charter of this new Council sets its Scope of Work as follows: The Council will address matters related to the operation of the usTLD in the interest... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:57
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 13:39
Undue Process: Nearly Five Thousand Domains Transferred Under Sealed Court Order Noted domain investor, industry advisor, blogger, and ICA member Mike Berkens has alerted us to a very disturbing occurrence. Unfortunately for Mike, he has been directly impacted by it. According to an October 2nd blog post at The Domains, “As Many As 5K .Com’s Taken Away By Sealed Court Order By Verisign Including Some Of... Read m...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, October 3, 2014 - 18:32
ICA Exploring Domain Theft Project to Counter a Growing Abuse There has been a lot of domain industry press attention lately to domain thefts. We don’t know for sure if this problem is becoming more acute or is just being reported on more often. But, regardless of the level of activity, we know that there are inadequate recovery and punitive remedies available at present for... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 18:36
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, September 12, 2014 - 19:26
ICANN’s Comment Period on Accountability Process Seeks Scope Limitations Bowing to unprecedented community pressure in the form of a unanimous letter questioning its staff-developed Accountability Process, as well as a reconsideration request filed with the Board, on September 5th ICANN issued a notice titled “Public Comment Invited: Enhancing ICANN Accountability Process”. The notice opens a 21-day publi...
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:31
ICA Counsel To Co-Chair IGO/INGO Working Group On September 4th ICANN’s GNSO Council confirmed the appointment of ICA Counsel Philip Corwin as Co-Chairman of the IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Working Group. This WG will have to consider a broad array of issues that are relevant not only to its own work but to the broader upcoming review of the... Read m...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, September 5, 2014 - 18:36
ICA Tells ICANN: Withdraw Bylaws Proposal to Give Governments More Power On September 3rd the ICA filed a comment letter with ICANN opposing a Bylaws amendment proposal to raise the threshold for Board rejection of Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) “advice” from a simple majority to a two-thirds vote. The GAC presently submits advice to ICANN based on “consensus”, which is general agreement without ob...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 10:36
Is ICANN’s .IR Response at Odds with the ACPA and ICE Domain Seizures? An initial review of ICANN’s response to litigation seeking it to turn over control of the ccTLDs of Iran, Syria and North Korea led to the conclusion that it had opened a “legal can of worms”. A few more just wriggled out, and they threaten the basic assumption that underlies the U.S. statute governing cybersquatting... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, August 4, 2014 - 20:17
ICANN’s .IR Response Opens Legal Can of Worms ICANN has filed its initial response to writs of attachment issued by U.S. Courts that seek to have ICANN transfer control of the country code top level domains (ccTLDs) of Iran, Syria and North Korea to plaintiffs in various legal actions. The lawsuits were brought under a U.S. law that permits victims of terrorism and... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 14:42
ICA Members and other Domainers Joining New ICANN Working Group on Acronym Domains ICANN has set up a new GNSO Working Group (WG) on IGO/INGO acronyms and we know of at least five ICA members who have already joined it. Other domainers should consider doing the same. Here’s the reason. IGOs are International Governmental Organizations, and INGOs are International Nongovernmental Organizations, and through ICANN’s G...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 21:32
GNSO Constituencies Issue Unanimous Joint Statement on ICANN Accountability In an unprecedented development, all stakeholder groups and constituencies comprising ICANN”s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) unanimously endorsed a joint statement in support of the creation of an independent accountability mechanism “that provides meaningful review and adequate redress for those harmed by ICANN action ...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, June 27, 2014 - 6:12
ICANN 50 Kicks Off in London “The temperature in the room is warm and I suspect it will get a whole lot warmer before we are through.” So stated ICANN Board Chairman Steve Crocker at the beginning of the Board’s interaction with the GNSO Council on the afternoon of Sunday, June 22nd. Yet that dialogue never got beyond lukewarm. Both Crocker... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, June 23, 2014 - 7:5
Black Rain and Trademark Policy: Report from INTA Hong Kong It was an omen of things to come. Just over an hour out from Hong Kong the pilot of my 777 en route from San Francisco came on the intercom. Hong Kong was temporarily closed due to torrential rain and we would need to land in Taipei to refuel before proceeding. When we finally arrived... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 7:16