The TPP and the DNS
On November 5, 2015 the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the official text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). That text consists of 30 separate Chapters totaling more than 2,000 pages, and is accompanied by four additional Annexes and dozens of Related Instruments. Only those who negotiated it are likely t...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, November 9, 2015 - 19:33
ICA Asks ICANN BGC to Reconsider Approval of Legacy gTLD Registry Agreements Containing URS
On October 13th ICA filed a formal Reconsideration Request (RR) asking ICANN’s Board Governance Committee (BGC) to rethink The Board’s approval of the renewal registry agreements (RAs) for .Travel, .Cat and .Pro. All three renewal agreements contain Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) and other rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) drawn fr...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:8
The Empire Strikes Back: ICANN Accountability at the Inflection Point
Note: I first started this article in mid-September, and the opening quote from Yogi Berra was in the first draft because it seemed to fit the situation so well.. It was by sheer coincidence that it was first published on the day of his death. Consider that my unintended tribute to a great human being.... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 21:45
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Join ICA at The Domain Conference
ICA and its members will have a major presence at The Domain Conference, a new industry gathering being held September 26-29 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,. The four-day event will start with two days of relaxed poolside networking overlapping with three days of highly informative se...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, August 10, 2015 - 23:10
ICANN Opens “IANA Stewardship and Accountability Public Comment Periods”
Over the past week ICANN has opened dual comment periods on the interrelated proposals for transitioning oversight of the IANA root zone functions form the U.S. government to the multistakeholder ICANN community, and for significantly enhancing that community’s ability to hold ICANN’s Board and staff accountable. When the final propo...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, August 7, 2015 - 19:54
ICANN Staff Publish Summary of Public Comments on URS at .Travel
On July 31st ICANN staff finally published the Report of Public Comments regarding the Proposed Renewal of .TRAVEL Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement, after missing the July 5th due date by more than three weeks. The Report accurately reflects that all but two of the many comments filed on the proposal opposed imposition of Uniform Rap...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 18:15
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Majority Comments say “No URS by Contract at .Cat & .Pro” – While Staff Report on .Travel Comment...
Once again, as it was with .Travel, the vast majority of comments on the proposed renewal Registry Agreements (RAs) for the legacy .Cat and .Pro gTLDs are united in their opposition to imposition of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) and other new gTLD rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) by contract, arguing that this is a consensus poli...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, July 20, 2015 - 19:40
ICA on the Record at ICANN 53 Buenos Aires
  ICA Counsel Philip Corwin told ICANN’s Board of Directors that they needed to take responsibility, fully review, and “own” the recent decision by Global Domains Division (GDD) staff to try to insert Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) in legacy gTLD contracts up for renewal – and that any further alterations of the URS and other... Read...
Internet Commerce Association - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 10:58
Comments Run Overwhelmingly Against ICANN Staff Attempt to Impose URS on Legacy gTLDs
The comment period on the proposed renewal registry agreement for the .Travel legacy gTLD closed on Sunday, June 21st and the comments submitted are overwhelmingly opposed to ICANN staff’s attempt to impose any of the new gTLD rights protection mechanisms, including Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS), on legacy gTLDs through contracting ...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:2
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Electronic Frontier Foundation tells ICANN to Delete URS from .Travel
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has just told ICANN to drop the notion of applying the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) dispute resolution system to .Travel and other legacy gTLDs without undertaking a full Policy Development Process (PDP). In a June 12 letter, EFF stated: ICANN should not apply URS to the .travel domain, or t...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, June 15, 2015 - 18:33
RPM Comments Report Makes URS Expansion Danger Clear
On May 29th ICANN staff issued its Report of Public Comments on the “Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review”. Back in May ICA advised ICANN that, “ICA would vigorously oppose any attempt to amend the URS to provide a domain transfer option as such a rapid and circumscribed process could be readily abused to further... Read...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 14:4
ICANN Proposes URS for .Cat and .Pro in Steady March Toward .Net and .Com
Just ten days ago we advised the domain investment community that ICANN staff was seeking to act in an unacceptably unaccountable manner that appears to violate ICANN’s own Bylaws by improperly imposing Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) and other new gTLD program Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPM) implementations on legacy gTLDs. This w...
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 13:0
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Act Now — Just Say “No!” to URS at .Travel – Or It Will Travel to .Com
  On May 12th ICANN posted the “Proposed Renewal of .TRAVEL Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement” for a period of public comment ending June 21st. You’d expect ICANN staff to be on their best behavior right now, during ongoing community efforts to fashion enhanced and binding accountability measures. But instead this proposed Regist...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 15:58
ICA Counsel Quoted in WSJ Op-Ed on ICANN
ICA Counsel Philip Corwin is quoted in a May 18th Wall Street Journal Op-Ed. The article, “Obama’s Bungled Internet Surrender’, was penned by L. Gordon Crovitz, whose weekly column addresses technology-related policy matters. As the title suggests, Mr. Crovitz is not a fan of the Administration’s plan to relinquish its counterparty r...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, May 18, 2015 - 17:24
ICA Counsel to Testify before Congress on IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability
ICA Counsel Philip Corwin has been invited to testify on ICA’s behalf before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The Subcommittee is holding a hearing on Wednesday, May 13th on the subject of “Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 15:16
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ICA to ICANN: We’ll “Vigorously Oppose” Changing URS to Facilitate RDNH
On Thursday, April 30th ICA filed a comment letter with ICANN regarding the “Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review” published earlier this year. This preliminary report paves the way for a more extensive issues report on the new gTLD RPMs that will be delivered to the GNSO Council this fall. That second report will not on...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, May 4, 2015 - 14:29
Senate Judiciary Leaders Ask New IP Czar to Facilitate ICANN-Focused Conversations
Daniel Marti was nominated to become the new White House “IP Czar” in August 2014 to replace Victoria Espinel. His predecessor, in yet another illustration of Washington’s “revolving door” shuffling key individuals between the government and private sector, departed the post a year earlier to become head of BSA/The Software Alliance,...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:51
Second Draft CWG-IANA Stewardship Proposal Out for Public Comment — April 24th Explanatory Webina...
Late on the evening on April 22nd the CWG-Stewardship on the IANA Naming Functions issued its second Draft Proposal for a 28-day public comment period that closes on May 20th. Information about the Proposal can be found in a news announcement and at the public comment page. ICANN has scheduled a 90-minute explanatory webinar on... Re...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 13:4
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$59 Million and Counting: ICANN Board Downgrades Community Say on Use of Last Resort Auction Proc...
ICANN’s new gTLD program provides for last resort auctions to settle contention sets where the competing applicants are unable to reach agreement by negotiation or private auction, with the proceeds going to a segregated ICANN account. With the recent $25 million bid of Google to secure control of the .App registry the total proceeds...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 16:13
.US to Hold Inaugural Town Hall on April 22
Last fall I was appointed to the first Stakeholder Council ever established for .US, the country code top level domain (ccTLD) of the United States. Now I am happy to announce that .US will hold its inaugural Town Hall meeting on April 22nd at 1 pm Eastern time (17:00 UTC).  As described by the Stakeholder... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 17:14
Victory! Domains Stripped Out of EU “Trademark Package”
Back in January ICA joined with four other trade association in cosigning a letter communicating our joint concerns regarding a “trademark package” being considered by the Council of the European Union. Adoption of the language under consideration could have led to adverse judicial actions being brought against domain registrants of ...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, April 6, 2015 - 19:49
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ICANN CEO Responds to ICA Concerns Regarding Davos “Cybersquatting” Remarks
Early last month ICA President Jeremiah Johnston wrote to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade to express concerns regarding remarks that he had made during an interview at the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. In the course of those remarks the CEO was perceived to characterize domain portfolio owners of “hogging names”, as well as...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 19:28
Estimating Trademark Claims Notice Suppression of Non-Infringing New gTLD Registrations
On February 2nd ICANN staff announced the release of a Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review that is open for public comment until May 1st. This Draft Report is preliminary to an Issues Report requested by the GNSO Council that is due to be delivered by September 30th, and that may set the stage for... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:16
We “Do It Right” – ICA on the Record at ICANN 52 Singapore
On February 4th I departed my home in Alexandria, Virginia for the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore. I arrived at my hotel’s reception desk 28 hours and +13 time zones later. While my 777 was traversing the Arctic Circle, ICA dispatched a letter to ICANN CEO responding to remarks he made during the annual gathering... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 21:11
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U.S. Senate Declares “Internet Governance Awareness Week” Coinciding with ICANN 52 Singapore
On February 5th, while many (including the author) were on route to ICANN 52 in Singapore, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res. 71, a non-binding, “Sense of the Senate” Resolution declaring February 8th-14th as “Internet Governance Awareness Week”. Those dates overlap the now ongoing ICANN meeting in Singapore, and the congruence is intenti...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, February 9, 2015 - 2:48

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