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 …

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 …

.Com RA Extension on ICANN Board’s 9/15 Agenda

Philip Corwin ICA, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA, URS

  The “.COM Registry Agreement Amendment” is on the Main Agenda for this Thursday’s Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board. The proposed extension of the RA was announced and put out for public comment on June 30th. The public comment period closed on August 12th and ICANN staff’s Report of Public Comments was due on September 15th, coincident with the …

Final RPM Report Follows ICA Comment and Sets Stage for UDRP Review

Philip Corwin ICA, ICANN, Law & Policy, UDRP, URS

Domain registrants have long voiced their desire for a comprehensive review and subsequent reforms of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). That goal is now in sight, and is set to proceed in the manner recommended to ICANN by ICA. On January 11, 2016 ICANN policy staff submitted to the GNSO Council the “Final Issue Report on a Policy Development …

ICA Tells ICANN That Comprehensive UDRP Review Should Follow RPM Analysis

Philip Corwin Domain Law, ICA, ICANN, INTA, Law & Policy, UDRP, URS, WIPO

On November 30th ICA filed its comment letter regarding the “Preliminary Issue Report on a GNSO Policy Development Process to Review All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs” that was published for public comment on October 9, 2015. ICA’s complete comment can be viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-rpm-prelim-issue-09oct15/msg00021.html, and all 24 filed comments are available at http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-rpm-prelim-issue-09oct15/index.html. The principal question raised by the Report …

Majority Comments say “No URS by Contract at .Cat & .Pro” – While Staff Report on .Travel Comments is Two Weeks Past Due

Philip Corwin GNSO, ICA, ICANN, Law & Policy, URS

Once again, as it was with .Travel, the vast majority of comments on the proposed renewal Registry Agreements (RAs) for the legacy .Cat and .Pro gTLDs are united in their opposition to imposition of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) and other new gTLD rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) by contract, arguing that this is a consensus policy decision that can only be …

Comments Run Overwhelmingly Against ICANN Staff Attempt to Impose URS on Legacy gTLDs

Philip Corwin Accountability, GNSO, ICA, ICANN, Law & Policy, URS

The comment period on the proposed renewal registry agreement for the .Travel legacy gTLD closed on Sunday, June 21st and the comments submitted are overwhelmingly opposed to ICANN staff’s attempt to impose any of the new gTLD rights protection mechanisms, including Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS), on legacy gTLDs through contracting rather than a formal Policy Development Process (PDP). In addition …

Electronic Frontier Foundation tells ICANN to Delete URS from .Travel

Philip Corwin Accountability, GNSO, ICANN, Law & Policy, UDRP, URS

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has just told ICANN to drop the notion of applying the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) dispute resolution system to .Travel and other legacy gTLDs without undertaking a full Policy Development Process (PDP). In a June 12 letter, EFF stated: ICANN should not apply URS to the .travel domain, or to any additional domains, by the …

Act Now — Just Say “No!” to URS at .Travel – Or It Will Travel to .Com

Philip Corwin Accountability, ICANN, Law & Policy, URS

  On May 12th ICANN posted the “Proposed Renewal of .TRAVEL Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement” for a period of public comment ending June 21st. You’d expect ICANN staff to be on their best behavior right now, during ongoing community efforts to fashion enhanced and binding accountability measures. But instead this proposed Registry Agreement (RA) contains a provision through which staff …

ICA to ICANN: We’ll “Vigorously Oppose” Changing URS to Facilitate RDNH

Philip Corwin ICA, ICANN, Law & Policy, UDRP, URS

On Thursday, April 30th ICA filed a comment letter with ICANN regarding the “Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review” published earlier this year. This preliminary report paves the way for a more extensive issues report on the new gTLD RPMs that will be delivered to the GNSO Council this fall. That second report will not only inform the debate on whether …