ICANN 72 Updates and New Appointments

Kamila Sekiewicz ICANN

The entirely virtual ICANN 72 wrapped up today. Our General Counsel, Zak Muscovitch took part in the meeting, which in part focussed on the ongoing discussions and debate of what constitutes DNS abuse and ICANN’s “inaction” on implementing policy recommendations. The next ICANN meeting will likely be a hybrid meeting held in Puerto Rico in March of 2022. Very preliminary …

ICA Calls for ICANN to Withhold Approval of Purported .Org Registry Sale

Kamila Sekiewicz ICA, ICANN

The original justification for awarding the .Org registry contract to ISOC was its public interest focus and commitments. If ISOC is no longer associated with the .Org registry, that justification for awarding the Registry Agreement no longer exists.  Therefore, it would be reasonable for you to withhold your approval of the assignment to a private equity company. ICANN has the …

ICA Asks ICANN for Explanation of .org Decision

Kamila Sekiewicz ICANN

ICANN’s decision to execute the new .org Registry Agreement despite overwhelming public opposition is greatly concerning to stakeholders and raises serious questions about the so-called “bottom-up multi-stakeholder model”. We have some questions. We put the questions into the attached letter to Cyrus Namazi, Vice-President of the Global Domains Division, the group at ICANN responsible for the terms found in the …

ICANN IGNORES STAKEHOLDERS AND REMOVES PRICE CAPS ON .ORG DOMAIN NAMES

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The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) is profoundly disturbed by ICANN’s decision to remove price caps on .org domain names despite the groundswell of opposition from stakeholders. On June 30, 2019, ICANN advised that it had executed a renewal agreement with Public Interest Registry and the renewal agreement. This was despite a nearly unprecedented public outcry from stakeholders and from .org …

ICA Files ICANN Comment on Proposed .Museum RA Renewal

Philip Corwin ICA, ICANN, Law & Policy, URS

On October 3, 2017 the ICA filed a comment letter with ICANN regarding the proposed revisions to the renewal Registry Agreement (RA) for the .Museum gTLD. As with other legacy gTLDs that have renewed over the past two years, the new RA proposes to adopt Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS). ICA once again protests this de facto creation of Consensus Policy …

ICA Supports Retention of Court Access for Registrants in IGO UDRPs

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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 and policy issues. From the …

In Extending .Com RA, ICANN Board also Extended Price Freeze Through 2024

Philip Corwin ICA, ICANN, NTIA

We have previously reported that, at is September 15th meeting, ICANN’s Board approved the proposed extension of the .Com registry Agreement (RA). What we did not know at the time was that the Board simultaneously approved an extension of the existing $7.85 ceiling on .Com wholesale prices through 2024.   That additional information recently became available when ICANN published its …

ICANN Board Approves .Com RA Extension

Philip Corwin ICA, ICANN, NTIA, URS

ICANN has just released the Approved Board Resolutions from its meeting of Thursday, September 15th, and one of its major actions was to approve the proposed extension of the .Com registry Agreement (RA) through November 2024. The complete text of the Resolution and the rationale for its adoption can be found at the end of this post. Wholesale prices of …