ICA Tells ICANN to Pull the Plug on IGO/INGO Overreach For the third time in six months, ICA has told ICANN that the legally questionable and largely unnecessary attempts of International Governmental Agencies (IGOs) and International Nongovernmental Agencies (INGOs) to secure extraordinary protections for their organizational acronyms at second level domains should be met with a firm an...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 17:34
Concern over IANA Transition Going Bipartisan Concern over IANA Transition Going Bipartisan
Early on it looked like concern over the Obama Administration’s proposal to terminate the U.S. counterparty role on the IANA functions contract might be a one-sided partisan affair. That would be very unfortunate, as Internet freedom as well as its security and stability should rai...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:39
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 21:35
U.S. Plans to Relinquish IANA Contract in 2015 The NTIA has just announced that it plans to turn its IANA functions contract counterparty role over to “the global multistakeholder community” when the current contract expires at the end of September 2015.
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, March 14, 2014 - 19:42
ICA Counsel to Speak at Internet Governance Program in Singapore ICA Counsel Philip Corwin has been asked to speak at “ICANN and Global Internet Governance: The Road to São Paulo, and Beyond”, a program being held on Friday, March 21st in Singapore just before the start of the first ICANN meeting of the year. The full day program is being sponsored by ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, March 7, 2014 - 17:41
GoDaddy Hit with another Trademark Infringement Suit – A Hint of Things to Come? Number one domain name registrar GoDaddy has been hit by another trademark infringement lawsuit.
Earlier this month GoDaddy failed in its efforts to recuse U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins from presiding over a case brought against it by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[i] The litigation alleges that GoDaddy c...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:59
Fake Political Websites Draw Attention in DC Controversy continues to build in Washington, DC regarding an online campaign against Democratic candidates for the House being conducted by the National Republican Campaign Committee. As just reported by National Journal, the NRCC recently adjusted the arguably misleading series of websites and “changed the donation page to make cle...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 11:8
German Court Blurs Lines of Registrar Responsibility A German court has reached the rather startling conclusion that a domain registrar can be held responsible for alleged copyright infringement at a website even though its only contact with it was to perform the original domain registration.
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, February 10, 2014 - 10:58
ICANN Retreats on Opposition to Standard Contracts with UDRP Providers While it took three months, ICANN recently responded to the Business Constituency’s fall 2013 letter raising questions about the UDRP Status Report issued the day after the conclusion of the July 2013 Durban ICANN meeting. In a key clarification, ICANN’s response concedes that the Report does not predetermine the outcome of UDRP refo...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 19:39
ICA and DNA to Share Stage at NamesCon The Internet Commerce Association and the Domain Name Association will be represented together at a Breakout Panel Session during the NamesCon domain industry conference slated to take place next week in Las Vegas. ICA Counsel Philip Corwin and DNA Executive Director Kurt Pritz will be the two speakers at “Your Voice in the New Marke...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 18:1
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 12:44
Trademark Clearinghouse Lets Profit Dictate Policy
Deloitte, the ICANN-appointed operator of the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), has unilaterally decided that the complainant services side of the Trademark Claims Service will operate for an indefinite period, rather than the required 90-day period set by the consensus agreement of ICANN stakeholders regarding the implementatio...
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 15:35
Ninth Circuit says Anticybersquatting Act was Separated at Birth from Lanham Act On December 4th the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that will reverberate for years to come in cybersquatting cases brought under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). While the Court’s declaration that “the ACPA does not provide a cause of action for contributory cybersquatting” is important in itse...
Internet Commerce Association - Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 14:1
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, November 29, 2013 - 15:7
ICA on the Record at ICANN Buenos Aires The following remarks were delivered to ICANN’s Board and senior staff by ICA Counsel Philip Corwin during the Public Forum ( held on the afternoon of Thursday, November 21st at the 48th ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina:
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 10:18
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 16:4
ICANN Needs to Distinguish Exact Matches from Acronyms in IGO/INGO Protections Did you have any idea that registering idea.gifts might be a prohibited activity because some people think it’s more likely to be acquired by those seeking to mimic the International Development Association than by a new business start-up serving those Internet users searching for birthday gift ideas? Do you believe someone is more l...
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 14:57
ICANN Adopts Flawed Trademark Notice The ICANN Public Comment process can be severely frustrating and unsatisfying, as proven once again by ICANN’s September 30th publication of final Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) for new gTLD registries, just twelve days after the September 18th deadline for submitting written comments. The final RPMs include a completel...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, October 4, 2013 - 14:37
Business Constituency Raises Concerns Regarding ICANN’s UDRP Status Report ICANN’s Business Constituency (BC) has sent a letter to ICANN’s CEO and Board Chairman expressing multiple concerns about the “UDRP Providers and Uniformity of Process – Status Report” issued by ICANN on July 19th, the day after the mid-year meeting in Durban concluded. The Report was issued without advance notice or opportunity f...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, September 27, 2013 - 17:31