11
Apr

ICA Comment Letter Regarding Proposed Renewal of the .org Registry Agreement

ICANN has recently announced that it intends to eliminate price caps on .org domains in the new registry contract. Under the new terms, the registry could increase prices on registrations to an unlimited amount, provided that they give advance notice. ICANN also preemptively added URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension) to the new contracts, despite the RPM…

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9
Apr

ICA Recommendations to the auDA Board: Reform of Existing Policies & Implementation of Direct Registration

auDA, the Australian registry, is considering some dramatic policy changes, one of which attempts to potentially devastate domain name investing in Australia. While auDA has never had domain name investment-friendly policies, these new proposed changes make things decidedly worse and threaten the very existence of investment in Australian domain names. The ICA views this as…

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12
Mar

ICA Member Profile: Andrew Rosener

Andrew Rosener is an industry leading Domain Broker and is currently acting as CEO of MediaOptions.com, a boutique domain acquisition & brokerage firm. Media Options started off as a one-man operation and has grown to become one of the best know domain brokerages in the industry, completing tens of millions in domain names sales for…

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8
Mar

UDRP Panelists: Getting the Standard Right Where No Response is Filed

Domain owners rely on the UDRP to be implemented fairly and for transfers to be ordered only when there is clear evidence that the domain owner has violated the Policy. In an article published today on CircleID, ICA’s General Counsel, Zak Muscovitch, describes a mistaken approach adopted by some panelists in cases where the domain…

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13
Dec

The Hidden Perils of Filing a Baseless UDRP Complaint

In our newest article on CircleID, Zak Muscovitch asks: Is there a downside to misusing the UDRP to attempt a domain name hijacking? Read the full article on CircleID

19
Nov

Letter to ICANN Re NTIA and the .COM Registry Agreement

On Friday, November 16th, ICA filed a letter addressed to Göran Marby regarding the .COM Registry Agreement, arguing that ICANN should reject any attempt by Verisign to increase its fees. Higher fees for Verisign are not justified, as demonstrated by the following four key points: a)  Verisign is a provider of technical registry services, it…

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13
Nov

Verisign’s Attempt to Increase its Fees Still Unjustified Despite Diversionary Tactic

The ICA released a must-read statement on the price increase of .com domains earlier today! Shortly after the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)’s recent announcement allowing Verisign to pursue increased .com registry fees, Verisign published a blog post questioning the business practices of registrars and domain name investors. The ICA, on behalf of its…

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2
Nov

ICA Statement on U.S. Government Granting Verisign .Com Price Increase

As the domain name community knows, the ICA has been warning of an impending price hike on .com domain name registrations. We publicized the issue, launched a website to increase awareness of the issue, created a petition that attracted over 2,000 signatures, and advocated for our position directly to David Redl, the head of NTIA, as…

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19
Oct

Nominations for ICA’s 2019 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award – now open!

The ICA is happy and proud to announce that we are now accepting nominations for ICA’s 2019 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award! Thanks to NamesCon’s generous support, for the 3rd year in the row, the award will be held during the conference. The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award is granted to an individual for indelible contribution to domain investor rights,…

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19
Oct

ICA Letter to David Redl on Expiry of NTIA-Verisign Cooperative Agreement

In its letter to David Redl of the NTIA, the ICA urges that the NTIA extend Amendment 32 to the Cooperative Agreement between the Department of Commerce and Verisign, which is set to expire on November 30, 2018. Read the full letter, which was submitted on October 18th, 2018, here.