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.XXX Registry to ICANN: “We Must Protect Our Rights”

ICM Registry notifies ICANN of its hopes and intentions.

Fresh off an independent review victory over ICANN, .XXX top level domain name applicant ICM Registry is asking ICANN to get the show on the road.

In a letter (pdf) to ICANN chairman of the board Peter Dengate-Thrush, ICM chairman Stuart Lawley writes:

“I am hopeful, as are others in the community, that ICANN will embrace the communications of the panel and use them to improve its processes and to restore confidence in ICANN as an institution.”

Lawley said time is of the essence for ICANN to regain institutional confidence:

“Assuming, as I do, that the Board takes its obligations under the accountability provisions of the Bylaws seriously and will respect the conclusions of this Panel of preeminent international jurists, we believe that it is now incumbent on ICANN to move expeditiously to execute a registry agreement with ICM for operation of the .xxx top level domain.”

And if ICANN doesn’t act expeditiously to get a contract in place with ICM registry? It probably faces a lawsuit:

“ICM is mindful that our patience has not always been rewarded in the past and can see no purpose (other than the expenditure of yet more time, money and effort by both parties) that would be served by delay. Accordingly, and with respect, I hope you will understand that we must protect our rights if it appears that our efforts to work in partnership with ICANN are failing, once again, to bear fruit.”

My guess is ICANN either approves the agreement or pays off ICM registry to go away until the new gTLD round gets going.

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