ICANN asks government agencies for feedback on .sucks plan.
ICANN has sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), asking them to consider if Vox Populi’s plans for the .sucks top level domain are violating any laws or regulations these agencies enforce.
.Sucks registry Vox Populi has an interesting pricing model that charges some brand owners — including those that have tried to protect their brands in new domain names — a higher fee.
The Intellectual Property Constituency wrote to ICANN last month asking it to take action to halt the rollout as it’s currently planned.
ICANN is deferring to the regulatory authorities as to if any rules or laws are being violated. If Vox Populi is not complying with all applicable laws, ICANN says it may be in breach of its registry agreement.
More details are available in an official ICANN blog post.