ICA turns 15 this fall, and we’re thrilled to announce that we hope to be celebrating in… Las Vegas! It was a very close vote, but ultimately, you, our members, decided that you’d like for our first in-person event to happen in Las Vegas. With so many meetings held there in the
We’re excited to invite our members to another ICA Member Event, The Domains of Brand Naming. The event will be hosted by Catchword’s senior strategist, linguist and co-founder, Laurel Sutton, and creative director, Erin Milnes, experts in linguistics and brand naming! Among other topics,
On Monday, March 22, 2021, Nominet, the United Kingdom’s registry operator for .UK domain names faces a stark choice between those who want it to remain true to its original purpose as a not-for-profit singularly focussed on efficiently and cost-effectively delivering domain name registry
Because of his humble nature, you might not have heard of Adam Strong, our next Lonnie Borck Memorial Award Nominee. However, he is an industry veteran with 20 years of experience and an extensive digital design and development background. Adam has founded and co-founded several companies, such as
Today’s featured Lonnie Borck Memorial Award nominee is Donna Mahony. Donna has been a stalwart advocate for domain investors and is the founder of Domain Boardroom, bringing together domain investors worldwide. Domain Boardroom provides a safe, respectful, and noise-free gathering point for
To make this year’s Lonnie Borck Memorial Award ceremony even more exceptional, the very talented folks at NamesCon, created elegant bobblehead drawings of all the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award Nominees. And since we think they’re too good to keep to ourselves, we’d like to share
The Secondary Market in domain names plays a critical role in Internet commerce yet is often misunderstood. This article clear ups some of the common myths that frequently arise when discussing the Secondary Market. The Secondary Market is a crucial feature of the domain name ecosystem which
We invite all ICA members to join Kate Buckley, Amanda Waltz, Tess Diaz, and Larry Fischer for a virtual ICA Member Event on how to get the most out of a broker/domain name owner relationship. Do you feel like you get the most out of your relationship with a broker? What can you do to...
As each year, thanks to NamesCon’s generous support, the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award was presented during this year’s conference. The award was created to honor the memory of a well-respected and much-loved member of the domain community who was tragically lost far too soon and
As each year, the ICA will have a large presence at NamesCon, and we invite you all to join us! You’ll find the agenda here, and ICA workshops and sessions are outlined below. – – – We have three very informative workshops prepared. The presenters know how to make policy and
It’s very easy to sleepwalk through life thinking others will contribute to worthy causes. It’s convenient to lull yourself into believing that a small contribution won’t make a difference, but I can assure you that’s not the case. We have a terrific organized public voice that speaks to rights of domain registrants and that is the ICA. I encourage you all to make a small donation to the organization, as I do, so that your children will have a great name industry to prosper in – as you have.
Over the past decade or so we domain owners have seen some remarkable industry achievements for which ICA was the main or a significant contributor. Without the ongoing efforts of our Counsel, Zak Muskovitch and the Board of ICA, every domain owner would be significantly worse off today. It is important that we continue to build the groundswell of support for the ICA as it works to protect domain registrants’ rights and educate the community about the legitimate status of domain owners and their domain assets. There is absolutely no doubt that investment in ICA is indeed important and invaluable. We thank all involved for the time and effort expended on our behalf.
The domain name industry is a young one and needs more community of domain investors. It’s not really enough for us to just get together and talk business. We need eyes on the policy makers. Being a member of the ICA separates those who are merely interested in the domain industry with those who view the domain industry as their long-term career. I highly recommend that any serious domain investor join for a year, converse with the membership, work on a Working Group. Get involved. Don’t be insular – engage with the industry association community.
NameCorp is extremely proud to support the ICA. Zak and Nat (and everybody else) have (literally) saved the industry millions of dollars over the years and continue to fight daily for domain owner’s rights. Their unwavering dedication is something we must not just admire, but also support financially. Almost every valuable asset in this world has a group to protect its rights. Domain names are no different. Many are extremely valuable, some priceless. Those rights should never be taken for granted. We need people like Zak, Nat, Daniel, Jeremiah (and now Kamila) to fight the battle others won’t or can’t. Cinderella said it best “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”. Just donate already.
We joined the ICA because we firmly believe in protecting the rights of domain registrants. Whether you own one domain or thousands of domains, you deserve to have your rights as a domain owner respected and protected. We live in a world where there are a number of well-funded, well-connected stakeholder groups with a lot of influence who don’t always understand or value individual domain registrant rights.
I support the ICA because the ICA helps protect my livelihood. ICA has been effective in preventing damaging policies from seeing the light of day. It advocates on behalf on businesses in the domain industry at ICANN, before Congress, through the judicial system and in the media. I fully believe that our industry would be in much worse shape today were it not for the efforts of the ICA.
I joined the ICA for a very simple reason – I see domain names as an asset class for me and many other people that I know, and I want to make sure they remain an asset class for years to come. We are living in a world that is constantly changing, the Internet itself is changing at a more rapid pace than ever before, and the ICA is the organization that looks after domain investors’ rights amidst all this change.
Sedo.com joined the Internet Commerce Association as a founding member in 2006 because we felt that a thriving, active marketplace for domains could only exist if the web was operated under a transparent and predictable set of rules that respected the rights and investments made by domain registrants. Protecting the due process rights of registrants protects the foundation of an open market where domains can be bought and sold between responsible owners.
The ICA plays a vital role in speaking out on behalf of our industry. Zak Muscovitch is tireless and dedicated in his advocacy to protect registrant rights and in providing a voice on policy matters for the industry at large. Those in the domain industry should rally around and support the ICA. Let your voice be heard by joining your friends and colleagues in an organization focused on protecting the rights and interests of the domain name community.