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10
Mar

A Complaint about ICANN’s New Complaints Office

ICA has long been on record that it was an inappropriate usurpation of the GNSO’s policymaking role for ICANN Global Domain Division (GDD) staff to be urging legacy gTLD registry operators to adopt Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) in the course of renewal negotiations for their registry agreements (RAs). That’s because the URS was adopted as…

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7
Mar

ICA Supports Retention of Court Access for Registrants in IGO UDRPs

ICA has just filed its comment letter supporting all five recommendations contained in the GNSO Initial Report on the IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Policy Development Process. ICA Counsel Philip Corwin is Co-Chair of the Working Group (WG) that prepared this Report, issued after two years of extensive research into the underlying legal…

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25
Feb

ICA Concerns Heard — Copyright UDRP on Indefinite Hold

Executive Summary: The Copyright UDRP proposal unveiled two weeks ago in the Domain Name Association’s Healthy Domains Initiative has been placed on indefinite hold and is unlikely to be revived as a DNA initiative. Public Interest Registry announced on February 23rd that it was pausing its development of the plan and will not revive it…

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10
Feb

ICA DEEPLY CONCERNED WITH  PROPOSAL TO ENABLE  DOMAIN TRANSFERS BASED UPON COPYRIGHT CLAIMS

On Wednesday, our fellow trade association, the Domain Name Association (DNA), announced the rollout of its “Healthy Domains Initiative” (HDI).  The ICA joins the DNA in seeking solutions for stopping online abuse.  However, the ICA is particularly concerned  about its proposed remedy to combat online copyright infringement. The HDI proposes to establish a “Copyright ADRP”…

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9
Feb

ICA Files .Mobi Comment that ICANN will Ignore

On February 1st the ICA filed its comment letter  with ICANN opposing the inclusion of the URS in the .Mobi renewal registry agreement. Once again we were joined in this position by ICANN’s Business Constituency (BC), and opposed by the Intellectual Property Constituency and the International Trademark Association. We have seen this movie before. We…

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9
Feb

DNA Unveils HDI with “Copyright UDRP”

Yesterday, in an article published at CircleID.com, our fellow trade group the Domain Name Association (DNA) announced the rollout of its Healthy Domains Initiative (HDI). DNA was established concurrent with the launch of the new gTLD program, and primarily represents new gTLD registries as well as some registrars, but not registrants (including domain investors and…

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1
Feb

ICA Member Profile: Howard Neu

Howard Neu is well known within the domain industry as the co-founder of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference and a lifelong public servant who has also dabbled in motion pictures and media. Howard has been an long-term political and legal force, working on many presidential and congressional campaigns. He also produced and hosted a Miami television talk…

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19
Jan

ICA Session at Namescon: The Most Shocking UDRP Decisions of 2016

On Monday, January 23, 2017, at noon, the ICA will be holding a special session at NamesCon, to debate and select the most shocking UDRP decision of 2016. The three cases up for debate are Sihi.com, NutrihealthSystems.com and GreenTrust.com.  Summaries of the cases are set out below.  After the cases are presented and debated, the audience at the…

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18
Jan

ICA Member Profile: Mark Daniel

Back in 2007, Mark’s longtime childhood friend from Maryland, John Ferber, convinced him to trade in the four seasons and his suit for eternal summertime and sandals to help launch a new company. Mark, a former shopping center leasing agent, didn’t hesitate at the opportunity to relocate to Delray Beach, Florida. It was there that…

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17
Jan

ICA Oks Proposed .US 1&2 Character Domains and Privacy Service

  As we had noted last month, the .US ccTLD, which has been operated by Neustar under an NTIA contract since 2001, had solicited comment on proposals to release one and two character domains and to begin offering a privacy service to .US registrants – as well as to re-designate certain existing domains as “premium”….

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