ICA Counsel Chosen as Interim Chair of Working Group to Review all RPMs in all gTLDs – Including ...
On March 9th, 2016, during its final open meeting at ICANN 55 in Marrakech, Morocco, the GNSO Council approved a motion that I proposed to adopt the Charter of the Policy Development Process (PDP) to Review all Rights Protections Mechanisms in all Generic Top-Level Domains. I serve on the Council as one of the two representatives... ...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 13:26
ICANN and VeriSign Reach Deal for Ten Year .Com Agreement Extension
On February 11th VeriSign held its Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Earnings Call with stock analysts. In the course of the call VeriSign revealed that it had reached tentative agreement with ICANN to extend the .Com Registry Agreement (RA) by ten years, with the extension’s start coinciding with the effective date of the IANA contr...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:51
ICA Welcomes New ICANN CEO Göran Marby
The domain investment community represented by the Internet Commerce Association extends a warm welcome to incoming ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby. Mr. Marby’s selection was announced by ICANN on February 8th. He presently serves as Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority and has more than 20 years of experien...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 13:30
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Final RPM Report Follows ICA Comment and Sets Stage for UDRP Review
Domain registrants have long voiced their desire for a comprehensive review and subsequent reforms of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). That goal is now in sight, and is set to proceed in the manner recommended to ICANN by ICA. On January 11, 2016 ICANN policy staff submitted to the GNSO Council the “Final Issue... Read m...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, February 1, 2016 - 17:26
Initial Statement of the Internet Commerce Association Regarding the Camilla.Com UDRP Decision
Washington, DC, December 11, 2015 — The Internet Commerce Association today released the following initial statement in regard to the November 30 decision of the WIPO Administrative Panel in the case of Camilla Australia Pty Ltd v. Domain Admin, Mrs Jello, LLC (Case No. D2015-1593, The egregious three-member panel decision in t...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, December 14, 2015 - 16:1
ICA Tells ICANN That Comprehensive UDRP Review Should Follow RPM Analysis
On November 30th ICA filed its comment letter regarding the “Preliminary Issue Report on a GNSO Policy Development Process to Review All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs” that was published for public comment on October 9, 2015. ICA’s complete comment can be viewed at and all 24 filed comments are available at The principal....
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 19:52
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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

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