Rebirthed organization will advocate for a broad range of domain name owners.
Domain Name Rights Coalition (DNRC), which was first founded in the late 1990s to protect the interests of domain name owners, has been reborn. The group bills itself as a think tank supporting the work of the ICANN community and representatives of domain name registrants. It will advocate on behalf of domain name owners when it comes to policy, including rights protection mechanisms such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
The organization represents a broader group of people than the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) which represents domain name investors. The genesis of DNRC was to protect small businesses and ISPs that were facing big trademark interests. It was instrumental in adding safeguards for domain name owners when the UDRP was originally formed.
The DNRC’s interests will often align with the ICA’s, which means there will be another advocate at the table when it comes to the battle over rights protection mechanisms. That advocate will be backed by a broader coalition of supporters, which is good for domain name investors.
Kathy Kleiman co-founded the original DNRC and is spearheading the new organization. You can learn more about how cybersquatting policy was formed in the 1990s and what’s in store for the future on today’s DNW podcast when I interview Kleiman. It will be published at 10:30 CST.