The Kentucky Governor's office wasted little time Wednesday, appealing Tuesday's decision by the Court of Appeals that domain names are not gambling devices under the meaning of the state law cited as the justification for the state's seizure of 141 domain names. By overturning the decision of the lower court, the Court of Appeals rejected the Governor's attempts to extend Kentucky law well beyond it's geographic limitations.
As the year comes to a close I’m happy to announce the release of the Internet Commerce Association’s 2008 Annual Report. The ICA has been very active in the last year and this 11-page PDF report highlights the growth of our membership since our founding two years ago and provides a summary of ICA activities and outreach over the past 12 months.
It has been a long wait, but the court hearing the suit brought by CFIT against VeriSign accepted ICA’s amicus brief. Bret Faucet, representing CFIT in this case, thanked ICA for its contribution to the case. CFIT is trying to try to get the court to reverse the decision by ICANN to award the .com contract to VeriSign without any competitive bidding and without providing compelling justification for the price increases.
How they cause new risk for your .com portfolio
ICA encourages domain name owners to comment on the new gTLD implementation guidebook before the December 15th deadline. The biggest issue alarming many domain owners is the possibility that price controls will be completely removed for .com and other existing gTLDs. This could enable VeriSign to implement variable pricing for .com much like it does with .tv domains.
Domain Directors, and its associated company, Instra Corporation, an auDA and ICANN accredited registrar, is continuing with its litigation against auDA.
The Supreme Court of Queensland today set down this litigation for trial for 2 February 2009.
In November, Domain Directors, an auDA and ICANN accredited registrar, commenced legal proceedings against auDA, the Australian domain name policy and regulatory body.
Fabulous and TRAFFIC partnered to host TRAFFIC Down Under in Gold Coast, Australia this week. This conference brought in a large number of domainers from Australia. It was good to see new faces in an international industry conference.
ICANN reported on November 13th that Add/Delete Grace Period (AGP) deletes are down by 84%. The bulk of AGP deletes have historically been associated with the practice of domain name tasting.
ICA condemns cybersquatting, but observes that it is a civil and not a criminal matter.
There has been an appeal filed in the Kentucky domain seizure case. In spite of the fact that Judge Wingate ruled that iMEGA has not standing to represent the seized domain names, the association has asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to block Judge Wingate’s decision allowing Kentucky to seize 141 domain names.
Jeremiah Johnston, President of the Internet Commerce Association, today issued this statement on behalf of the ICA in response to the Opinion and Order of Judge Thomas Wingate of the Franklin Circuit Court in the matter of Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. 141 Internet Domain Names: