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  • ICANN publishes updated new TLD Auction schedule

    1. BY - Aug 12, 2014
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    Delays now require all-party consent, so contention set resolution should accelerate.

    ICANN has published an updated “auction of last resort” schedule for new top level domain names.

    It’s harder for individual applicants to postpone these auctions now that the framework for handling name collisions is finalized.

    Postponements are now only possible if all parties in the contention set agree to the postponement. In that case, auctions can be postponed up to two months from their original date.

    The next set of auctions will take place in September, unless they’re resolved by the parties ahead of time. On the schedule for September are .buy, .tech, .coach, .vip, .flowers, .ltd and .health.

    Sources tell me that some of the TLDs on this list have already been settled privately. We’ll see that a lot going forward: last minute settlements ahead of an ICANN auction.

    There are benefits to settling contention sets privately. Losers in ICANN auctions only get a small refund on their applications, whereas private settlements typically involve a payoff. Also, ICANN auction prices are public whereas private ones are not.

    ICANN has held only one auction of last resort so far: .信息 was auctioned for $600,000.

  • ICANN 51 site shows funny tweet from parody Chehade account

    1. BY - Aug 07, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Unfiltered tweet feed on ICANN website pokes fun at .xyz giveways.

    Like many meetings/conferences, ICANN publishes a tweetstream on its page for each meeting. That includes the site for the upcoming ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles, which pulls in all tweets with the hashtag #icann51.

    The conference is still a couple months away, so you won’t find many relevant tweets about the event. It’s also an unfiltered feed.

    Which is what makes it funny. There are a bunch of parody accounts of ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé, and one of them is featured front and center on the ICANN 51 meeting site right now:


    The rest of the tweets on the page are due to spam hashtags from DomainGang.

  • ICANN tells court ccTLDs aren’t property, can’t be awarded to plaintiffs

    1. BY - Jul 30, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Victims of terrorism want to be paid (in part) with country code top level domain names.

    ICANN has responded to the U.S. federal court in the District of Columbia, arguing that ccTLDs (country Code top level domain names, e.g. .ca and .de) are not property and can’t be awarded to plaintiffs in a case involving terrorism.

    Plaintiffs in Jenny Rubin, et al vs. The Islamic Republic of Iran, et al, say they are victims of terrorism from Iran, Syria and North Korea, and want control of country codes for each country (.IR, .SY, and .KP plus a couple IDN versions).

    ICANN’s Motion to Quash argues that “country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLD) are part of a single, global interoperable Internet which ICANN serves to help maintain…ccTLD’s are not property, and are not ‘owned’ or ‘possessed’ by anyone including ICANN, and therefore cannot be seized in a lawsuit.”

    ICANN’s general response was predictable.

    Make no mistake — a ruling to the contrary would be devastating for the domain name system. One of the biggest threats to web is a splintering of the internet caused by governments upset that the U.S. government has too much control over the internet.

    That’s a big part of the reason the U.S. government plans to end its role in the IANA contract for name delegation. It bothers other governments that the U.S. government has a sort of “veto power”.

    While few people may be sympathetic to the three countries at issue, taking over their ccTLDs would be a horrible precedent that would throw the entire internet ecosystem into disarray.

    It’s worth noting that gTLDs are a different matter. They are being treated like property and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them used as payment to settle legal issues in the future.

  • ICANN Finally nabs Domain Registry of America, termination likely coming

    1. BY - Jul 21, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Domain Registry of America hits a wall.

    ICANN has finally managed to suspend a scourge of the domain name registration business, Brandon Gray Internet Services (dba

    You might not know the company by that name, but if you own domain names then you’ve likely received postal mailings from Domain Registry of America (DROA). The deceptive notices trick people into thinking they need to renew their domain name by responding to the notice. Doing so results in a transfer of the domain name to Brandon Gray registrar…and the pricetag is hefty.

    The company has been doing this for over a decade. sued the company way back in 2002.

    Many people in the ICANN community have been begging ICANN to take action for years. So why now?

    For all its faults, you can credit the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement for this one.

    The 2013 RAA placed stricter controls on registrars as it relates to resellers. Accredited registrars can no longer turn a blind eye to activities undertaken by their resellers (or to hide behind resellers, as may be the case). This includes resellers undertaking deceptive advertising practices.

    ICANN is also questioning (pdf) how the company obtained mailing addresses for so many domain name registrants. (In other words, it scraped whois to get the records).

    The registrar is immediately suspended (although it hasn’t updated its website to reflect this) and may be terminated soon. ICANN sent a breach notice (pdf) along with the suspension notice. It has onerous requirements to cure the breach, including providing details behind all of its marketing activities.

  • Over 800,000 domain names suspended due to 2013 RAA

    1. BY - Jun 24, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Verification requirement ensnares hundreds of thousands of domain names.

    One of the requirements for domain name registrars under the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement is that they must verify the contact details of registrants.

    Most registrars are fulfilling this requirement by sending an email to registrants asking them to click a link to confirm. Registrars must suspend domain names if owners don’t verify their information.

    We’ve had one-off examples of domain names being suspended due to this requirement. Now we have hard numbers: at least 800,000 domains have been suspended since January 1.

    Speaking at the Registrar Stakeholders Group meeting with ICANN’s Board in London today, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss said that number was collected from domain registrars that have about 75% of all registrations. He suspects the suspension ratio will be higher for registrars not included in the total because more of them are in parts of the world where it’s harder to verify.

    Noss drew a parallel between the verification requirement (which only hurts good actors and doesn’t harm bad actors) and efforts underway to change whois. He asked ICANN’s board what problem it is trying to solve with the whois change.