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
ICA Counsel to Testify before Congress on IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability
ICA Counsel Philip Corwin has been invited to testify on ICA’s behalf before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The Subcommittee is holding a hearing on Wednesday, May 13th on the subject of “Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 15:16
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ICA to ICANN: We’ll “Vigorously Oppose” Changing URS to Facilitate RDNH
On Thursday, April 30th ICA filed a comment letter with ICANN regarding the “Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review” published earlier this year. This preliminary report paves the way for a more extensive issues report on the new gTLD RPMs that will be delivered to the GNSO Council this fall. That second report will not on...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, May 4, 2015 - 14:29
Senate Judiciary Leaders Ask New IP Czar to Facilitate ICANN-Focused Conversations
Daniel Marti was nominated to become the new White House “IP Czar” in August 2014 to replace Victoria Espinel. His predecessor, in yet another illustration of Washington’s “revolving door” shuffling key individuals between the government and private sector, departed the post a year earlier to become head of BSA/The Software Alliance,...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:51
Second Draft CWG-IANA Stewardship Proposal Out for Public Comment — April 24th Explanatory Webina...
Late on the evening on April 22nd the CWG-Stewardship on the IANA Naming Functions issued its second Draft Proposal for a 28-day public comment period that closes on May 20th. Information about the Proposal can be found in a news announcement and at the public comment page. ICANN has scheduled a 90-minute explanatory webinar on... Re...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 13:4
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$59 Million and Counting: ICANN Board Downgrades Community Say on Use of Last Resort Auction Proc...
ICANN’s new gTLD program provides for last resort auctions to settle contention sets where the competing applicants are unable to reach agreement by negotiation or private auction, with the proceeds going to a segregated ICANN account. With the recent $25 million bid of Google to secure control of the .App registry the total proceeds...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 16:13
.US to Hold Inaugural Town Hall on April 22
Last fall I was appointed to the first Stakeholder Council ever established for .US, the country code top level domain (ccTLD) of the United States. Now I am happy to announce that .US will hold its inaugural Town Hall meeting on April 22nd at 1 pm Eastern time (17:00 UTC).  As described by the Stakeholder... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 17:14
Victory! Domains Stripped Out of EU “Trademark Package”
Back in January ICA joined with four other trade association in cosigning a letter communicating our joint concerns regarding a “trademark package” being considered by the Council of the European Union. Adoption of the language under consideration could have led to adverse judicial actions being brought against domain registrants of ...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, April 6, 2015 - 19:49
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ICANN CEO Responds to ICA Concerns Regarding Davos “Cybersquatting” Remarks
Early last month ICA President Jeremiah Johnston wrote to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade to express concerns regarding remarks that he had made during an interview at the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. In the course of those remarks the CEO was perceived to characterize domain portfolio owners of “hogging names”, as well as...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 19:28
Estimating Trademark Claims Notice Suppression of Non-Infringing New gTLD Registrations
On February 2nd ICANN staff announced the release of a Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review that is open for public comment until May 1st. This Draft Report is preliminary to an Issues Report requested by the GNSO Council that is due to be delivered by September 30th, and that may set the stage for... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:16
We “Do It Right” – ICA on the Record at ICANN 52 Singapore
On February 4th I departed my home in Alexandria, Virginia for the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore. I arrived at my hotel’s reception desk 28 hours and +13 time zones later. While my 777 was traversing the Arctic Circle, ICA dispatched a letter to ICANN CEO responding to remarks he made during the annual gathering... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 21:11
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U.S. Senate Declares “Internet Governance Awareness Week” Coinciding with ICANN 52 Singapore
On February 5th, while many (including the author) were on route to ICANN 52 in Singapore, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res. 71, a non-binding, “Sense of the Senate” Resolution declaring February 8th-14th as “Internet Governance Awareness Week”. Those dates overlap the now ongoing ICANN meeting in Singapore, and the congruence is intenti...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, February 9, 2015 - 2:48
ICA Responds to ICANN CEO’s Davos Remarks on “Hogging Names” and “Cybersquatting”
During the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ICANN CEO engaged in an interview in which he touted the purported benefits of the new gTLD program. Unfortunately, in the course of those remarks he appeared to accuse domain portfolio owners of “hogging names” as well as equate them with “cybersquatters”. Many IC...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, February 6, 2015 - 23:17
Senate Commerce Committee Plans ICANN Oversight Hearing
Elections do have consequences. Last year outgoing Senate Commerce Committee Chairman (D-WV) Jay Rockefeller resisted member requests to engage in oversight on the Obama Administration’s March 2014 announcement that it intended to end the U.S. counterparty role on the IANA functions contract and turn the responsibility over to the gl...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, February 2, 2015 - 18:35
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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...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 19:6
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

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