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“Digital Divide” Domain Tax Advocated at NETmundial Opening Ceremony
The NETmundial meeting in Sao Paulo kicked off on the morning of April 23rd and one of the speakers at its Opening Ceremony proclaimed that the Internet was a curious type of “Public Commons” in which private domain registrants should be obligated to pay a fee to fund access, capacity-building, and general bridging of the Internet ga...
Internet Commerce Association - 2 hr 9 min ago
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
DC Trains Laser Focus on ICANN. IANA, and NTIA – ICA Counsel to Speak On U.S Role in Internet Gov...
The calm is over, and the storm may be about to begin. Congress is back from recess and not one but two Congressional Committees are about to hone in on the implications of the NTIA’s March 14th announcement of its intention to surrender its IANA functions contract counterparty status with ICANN by September 2015.   Meantime, a...
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. read more
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. read more
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
Brazil Decides that Governments and IGOs will Constitute Half of Total Stakeholders at Sao Paulo ...
Details are starting to emerge about the Brazilian meeting on Internet Governance scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo this coming April, and they make it clear that the Brazilian host is in firm control and that governments and UN-affiliated International Governmental organizations will make up half the participants – with all the o...
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 20:4
ICA Supports GNSO Resolution on IGO/INGO Protections – But the UN, NATO, WIPO and Interpol Oppose It
Yesterday ICA filed a letter that generally supported the GNSO Council’s recent and unanimously adopted Resolution on Protections for International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations (IGOs & INGOs). In particular, while supporting strong protections for exact matches of their full names at the top and second level of...
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
Brazilian Internet Steering Committee sets out Plans for April 2014 “Global Multistakeholder Meet...
The Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) has issued an Announcement ( about planning for the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on Internet Governance that will take place in Sao Paulo on April 23-24, 2014. Extended discussion of the background developments leading up to the request made by ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade to Brazilian ...
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: read more
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 10:18
ICANN Internet Governance Initiatives Sanctioned by Secret September Board Resolution
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade told members of its GNSO Council in Buenos Aires this morning that his recent initiatives resulting in the recent Montevideo Statement on Internet governance and the spring 2014 meeting on this subject to be held in Brazil were sanctioned by a September 15th ICANN Board resolution that has been withheld from th...
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[1], 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

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