ICANN Response to ICA: URS Providers will become Contracted Parties Responding to questions posed by ICA Counsel Philip Corwin at the Public Forum in Beijing, ICANN is now on the record that it is developing a standard contract for all providers of the new Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) rights protection mechanism (RPM) for new gTLDs, and that more URS providers will be selected. This action sets a s...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 19:30
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, April 26, 2013 - 15:38
ICANN to GAC: Agreement in Principle Reached on New RAA On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 9th, during ICANN’s 46th Public Meeting currently taking place in Beijing, China, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade announced that, following 20 months of negotiations, “agreement in principle” had been reached on a new version of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) to be put into effect immediately fo...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 3:48
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, March 22, 2013 - 16:8
ICANN Board Follows ICA Suggestion, Defers Action on ACDR’s UDRP Proposal Domain registrants won’t be receiving UDRP notices from Amman, Jordan for at least a while. Last week ICA sent a letter to ICANN’s Board asking that it defer action on the pending proposal of the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) to be accredited as a UDRP arbitration provider and put its revised proposal out for public comme...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, March 4, 2013 - 11:17
IPC Weighs In Against ACDR’s UDRP Proposal Yesterday we posted a February 26th letter that ICA sent to ICANN urgently requesting that the ICANN Board defer action at its February 28th meeting on the pending proposal of the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) to be accredited as a UDRP arbitration provider -- and that ICANN published ACDR’s revised proposal for public co...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 15:3
ICA Asks ICANN Board to Defer Action on New UDRP Provider Back in September 2010 ICANN invited public comment on the proposal of the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) of Amman, Jordan to become a UDRP arbitration provider. Most of the comments opposed approval or requested changes and clarifications. Nothing more was heard of the application – until it showed up on the Consent Agend...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 21:48
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 15:49
What’s ICANN Policy and What’s just Implementation? ICA Weighs In ICA just filed a comment letter responding to a draft ICANN framework for determining what is policy and what is just implementation of existing policy. We’ll be the first to admit that the subject is dry, vague, and of general interest only to Internet policy wonks – but the answers are critically important to assuring that domain i...
Internet Commerce Association - Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 14:10
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 12:16
“Strawman Solution” Appears Unsolved – So What Now? Commentary on ICANN’s proposed “Strawman Solution” for the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is reaching impressive heights. With just a few hours remaining before the filing deadline eighty-three separate comments have been submitted on the proposal, and we imagine that a few more will trickle in before the inbox is closed.
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 15:37
Strawman Conundrums: ICANN, WCIT, and the Multi-Stakeholder Process The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) concluded its Dubai meeting in some disarray last week, with 89 nations (with a collective population of 2.6 billion) signing the revised International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR) and 54 (with a collective population...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 21:10
ICA on the Record at ICANN 45-Toronto While ICANN provides excellent remote participation technologies for its thrice-yearly public meetings, it’s been our experience that there is no real substitute for attending in person if you want to get the full picture of activities and have a meaningful impact. A tremendous amount of information is gained from hallway and other i...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 14:54
VeriSign Agrees to .Com Price Freeze as Agreement Renewal Condition VeriSign and the Department of Commerce (DOC) announced this morning that the Agreement allowing VeriSign to remain in place as the .Com registry operator had been approved with one major alteration -- .Com wholesale prices will be frozen at $7.85 for the six-year length of the Agreement absent extraordinary circumstances.
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 17:45
ICA To DOC: Slash .Com Pricing by $2+, and Tie Future Price Hikes to CPI In the past two years VeriSign has bestowed “special dividends” on its shareholders totaling nearly $1 billion, still has a cash pile exceeding $1.4 billion, and has so little need for all that cash that it is planning to spend more than half of it on stock buybacks. Meanwhile, under the .Com registry operations renewal Agreement alr...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, November 26, 2012 - 21:15
LA Straw (Man) Straw man >n. a person compared to a straw image; a sham.
· a sham argument set up to be defeated.
--- The New Oxford American Dictionary
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 21:11
Sickening Sandy Domain Scams Lives were tragically lost in Hurricane Sandy, with many additional victims sustaining acute physical injuries. Power remains out in many storm-affected areas as temperatures skew colder. Thousands of homes have been destroyed or badly damaged, and businesses have been shuttered and laid off workers, as public officials scramble to f...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, November 12, 2012 - 12:13
NCSG Blasts BC/IPC Proposals for RPM Modifications ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) issued a November 1st statement taking strong issue with the substance of the 8-point proposals for modifications of the required rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) for new gTLDs being advocated by ICANN’s Business and Intellectual Property Constituencies (BC/IPC), as well as with the...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, November 2, 2012 - 13:30