Appeal in Kentucky

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. You can download the writ at imega.org, …

ICA Response to Kentucky Seizure Ruling

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: “The Internet Commerce Association is extremely disappointed in the decision issued by the Court this …

Kentucky Judge Delays Ruling

Judge Wingate announced that his ruling, expected today, on the seizue of 141 domain names is postponed. News of the Ruling will be published here as soon as we get it.

Kentucky Domain Seizure Hearing

Judge Wingate, the Judge in the Kentucky domain seizure case, said today that he needs seven days to decide whether to dismiss the case or to move forward with a forfeiture hearing. The Governor’s attorney attacked the “owners” of the domain names subject to the seizure order repeatedly, accusing them of operating illegal casinos in Kentucky. This he justifies because …

ICA Files Amicus Brief in Kentucky Seizure Case

I write this as I am on my way to Kentucky to represent Internet Commerce Association at a press summit about Kentucky’s seizure order of 141 domain names. ICA also filed an amicus brief with the court. First, ICA is not involved in this issue to support or criticize gambling. However, does anyone really believe the Governor is motivated to …

Kentucky Summit Media Advisory – Domain Seizure Order

MEDIA ADVISORY Internet Commerce Association to Participate in Emergency Summit on the State of Kentucky’s Domain Seizure Order ICA’s Michael Collins to Join Panel Focused on the State’s Unprecedented, Wrongful Seizure of 141 Business Domains FRANKFORT, KY AND WASHINGTON, DC — October 3, 2008 —The Internet Commerce Association, a non-profit trade organization representing domain name investors and developers and the …

ICA Member’s Dispute With mTLD

At our Annual meeting in Brooklyn, Lori Anne Wardi, CEO of Dream Big Media requested ICA assistance in regard to an ongoing trademark dispute she has with mTLD, operator of the .mobi registry. In mTLD’s various responses to US Trademark Office, it takes the position that the public can use the term “.Mobi” as a domain extension; but should not …

Kentucky Seizure Case Delayed Until October 7th

Compared to Kentucky, even China seems respectful of other governments’ jurisdiction. China isn’t trying to seize domain names of businesses or organizations that operate outside of China in order to block content that is illegal there. At least I haven’t heard of China trying to seize DalaiLama.com or LexingtonShambhala.org, a Kentucky Buddhist church’s domain name. What happens if every local …

ICA responds to Kentucky seizure order

September 24, 2008  – Statement from Jeremiah Johnston, President The Internet Commerce Association is aware of the extreme concern of ICA members regarding the action of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear ordering the seizure of 141 gaming related domain names. It appears that there may be no statutory basis for this unprecedented action, that Kentucky may lack sufficient jurisdictional grounds and …

Making Registrar Transfers Easier

ICA is working to within ICANN to reduce the problems often faced by domainers when they want to transfer domains to the registrar of their choice. I recently participated in an ICANN drafting group chaired by ICA member, Mike O’Conner.  Our drafting group was tasked with reviewing the text of four of the reasons for which registrars may deny an …