Uniform Rapid Suspension Not Appropriate for .com Domain Names

The Internet Commerce Association published a statement on CircleID which sets out the ICA’s perspective on the question of whether the URS is appropriate to apply to the .com and .net registries. The URS was designed for new gTLDs not .com and .net and has been shown to be unpopular with both trademark interests and registrants. Imposing the URS on .com and .net, could produce severe consequences. As much as ICANN staff and self-interested parties among the Intellectual Property interests may desire URS on .com and .net, the .com namespace is not just another gTLD. It is by far the largest gTLD — with over 147 million registered domain names and is home to the commercial Internet, making it the single most valuable gTLDs under ICANN’s purview by far.

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