UDRP on the table at Thursday’s board meeting.
ICANN has posted the agenda for its April 22 meeting, and item 10 reads:
UDRP Policy – relationships with service providers; changes in procedures
What exactly is this about? An ICANN spokesperson told me there’s no additional information available, and what the topic is about won’t be known until the minutes from the meeting are published.
But my guess is this has to do with two things that have created buzz in the community over the past couple months:
1. The fact that there’s no contract between ICANN and UDRP providers.
2. Certain UDRP providers have been playing around with their Supplemental Rules to try to change the overall UDRP process.
For example, Czech Arbitration Court has created a sort of UDRP-lite, where complainants can pay reduced fees for simple cases if the respondent doesn’t submit a reply in the case. Although there may be some merit to such an idea, the supplemental rules certainly weren’t mean for making such a change.
Internet Commerce Association sent a letter to ICANN about the Czech Arbitration Court change over a month ago, and ICANN hasn’t responded.