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 - 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
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 19:21
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
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:33
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
Personal Clarification Regarding .XYZ Article Several days ago I posted an article – “ICANN is Missing in Action on .XYZ” – expressing my personal views regarding Network Solutions’ involuntary opt-out registration of .XYZ domains for its existing customers. It was posted, as many of my opinion pieces are, at both the website of the Internet Commerce Association, which I have......
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, June 16, 2014 - 14:51
ICANN is MIA on .XYZ The .XYZ opt-out domain registration situation has been a major focus of domain industry press reports since the registry’s recent launch. But it raises more than questions about how to properly rank the “success” of new registries and whether unsavory practices are involved. The more critical inquires that should be made are w...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 19:46
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 17:22
Second House Amendment Ups the Stakes on IANA Transition The House of Representatives has passed another measure related to the proposed IANA functions transition, and has again attached it to “must pass” legislation. This move ups the ante and may well be the final straw that compels the Senate Commerce Committee to hold its own oversight hearing on the IANA transition proposal. On May......
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, June 2, 2014 - 16:59