ICA and other Organizations Express Strong Concerns over EU “Trademark Package”
The ICA, speaking on behalf of domain investors and developers, has joined with other organizations representing civil society, internet domain registries, internet service providers and internet companies to communicate their joint concerns regarding a “trademark package” currently being considered by the Council of the European Uni...
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ICA Counsel Elected to ICANN’s GNSO Council
ICA Counsel Philip Corwin has been elected by the members of ICANN’s Business Constituency to be one of the two Councilors representing it on the GNSO Council. The Council is the policymaking body for all gTLD-related issues. It will review and decide whether to endorse the proposals eventually produced by the two cross community wor...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 18:31
NTIA Says Cromnibus Bars IANA Transition During Current Contract Term
The Congressional Internet Caucus held its 15th annual State of the Net conference today at The Newseum in Washington, DC. This is traditionally a start the new year networking and information update day for the capital’s technology policy set. Immediately following the lunch break, at a session titled “Internet Functions in Transiti...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 20:40
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ICANN Staff Requests Six-Month Delay for UDRP/URS RPM Report
ICANN staff have requested a six-month delay in the delivery date of a Preliminary Issue Report on the “current state of all rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) implemented for both existing and new gTLDs, including but not limited to the UDRP and the URS”.  The request is contained in a January 5, 2015 e-mail sent by... Read m...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 16:6
Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition
On the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract betwee...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 9:43
ICANN New gTLD Auction Proceeds Approaching $30 Million
While the debate continues as to whether most new gTLDs are a sound long-term investment for their registry operators, there’s no disputing that the program has been an economic boom for ICANN. The 1,930 first round applications each required an application fee of $185,000, which added up to a tidy $357 million. Even after refunds......
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, November 28, 2014 - 19:7
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In Quashing .IR Attachment Order Against ICANN DC District Court Declares That ccTLDs Are Akin to...
On November 10th the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted ICANN’s motion to quash a writ of attachment and a related motion for further discovery in a politically charged case in which private plaintiffs sought to seize control of Iran’s .IR country code top level domain (ccTLD). The litigation was brought under... ...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 17:31
Chan Luu Case Settles/Registrants Can Still Seek Return of Domains
While we are not privy to the details, we have received word that there has been a settlement in the litigation brought by Chan Luu against Grant Shellhammer and Online Growth. As we first reported in early October, more than 5,000 domain names were said to have been transferred by VeriSign to Uniregistrar after it... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 21:48
ICA Counsel Appointed to Inaugural .US Stakeholder Council
ICA Counsel Philip Corwin has been appointed to the first Stakeholder Council ever established for .US, the country code top level domain (ccTLD) of the United States. The Charter of this new Council sets its Scope of Work as follows: The Council will address matters related to the operation of the usTLD in the interest... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:57
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ICANN 51 Focus: Making ICANN Directly Accountable to the Broader Internet Community
ICANN 51 taking place in Los Angeles this week may not have its customary evening Gala, but it opened with rousing remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in the first-ever ICANN appearance of the head of the Cabinet agency from which it was born and which has exercised continuous oversight of its key... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 15:13
The attached resolution was unanimously adopted by the ICA board on October 3rd.  The following email to ICA members accompanied the announcement of the resolution. Dear ICA Members, The board has adopted the attached resolution to implement the addition of a new board position and the changes to the membership levels that we announc...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 13:39
Undue Process: Nearly Five Thousand Domains Transferred Under Sealed Court Order
Noted domain investor, industry advisor, blogger, and ICA member Mike Berkens has alerted us to a very disturbing occurrence. Unfortunately for Mike, he has been directly impacted by it. According to an October 2nd blog post at The Domains, “As Many As 5K .Com’s Taken Away By Sealed Court Order By Verisign Including Some Of... Read m...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, October 3, 2014 - 18:32
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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 - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 18:36
ICANN Staff provides Update on First Round of New gTLDs and the Path Forward to a Second Round
In late August the GNSO Council received an ICANN staff response to a Resolution on subsequent rounds of new gTLDs passed during its June meeting in London. At the time the response was issued only 373 gTLDs had been delegated out of the 1321 total applications being processed. So the first round of the program... 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
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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
ICA-Endorsed Session on ICANN Accountability Scheduled for September Third at IGF Istanbul
Although ICA is not in attendance at the Internet Governance Forum meeting currently taking place in Istanbul, Turkey an ICA-endorsed session on “Accountability in Multistakeholder Governance Regime ICANN” will be taking place on the morning of September 3rd. ICA was one of several host organizations that endorsed the proposal for th...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 13:49
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Stress Test: Reconsideration Request on Accountability Process Filed with ICANN Board
In a rapid follow-up to the unprecedented joint letter sent on August 26th by all members of the ICANN community questioning the proposed Accountability Process imposed by ICANN staff, three of the groups that signed that letter have now submitted a formal Reconsideration Request (RR) to the ICANN Board. The August 29th RR – submitte...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, September 1, 2014 - 18:13
GNSO, GAC, ALAC and SSAC Issue Unprecedented Joint Letter Questioning ICANN’s Staff-Imposed Accou...
In another unpredicted development the entire community of ICANN stakeholders has sent a joint letter to CEO Fadi Chehade and the ICANN Board that strongly questions the “Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance – Process and Next Steps” document published by ICANN staff on August 14th over widespread community objections....
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:28
DC Constituencies Start to Coalesce on Principles for the IANA Transition and Enhanced ICANN Acco...
  It is now being broadly acknowledged that, as expressed unanimously by all GNSO constituencies at the recent ICANN London meeting, “as part of the IANA transition, the multi-stakeholder community has the opportunity and responsibility to propose meaningful accountability structures that go beyond just the IANA-specific accountabili...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 19:21
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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
ICANN Seeks to Hire Registrant Advocate – While Seeking Volunteers for Second Round New gTLDs Dis...
Two recent ICANN announcements caught our eye because of their relevance to domain investors. The first was ICANN’s placement of a notice that it was seeking to hire its first ever Registrant Services Director-Consumer Advocate. The Job Description states that the position “involves participation in a number of cross-organizational p...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:33
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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

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