ICANN 44 a week in review

ICANN 44 Prague was a busy event and produced a lot of news and new information.

Friday June 22 : ICANN announces it’s new CEO and President Fadi Chehadé.

Saturday June 23 : The biggest news this day must have been the fact that ICANN

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suspended the Digital Archery system and later in the week abandoned it completely.
Sunday June 24 : A number of registrars participated in a briefing with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) regarding the Domain Name Marketplace and the role of registrars in the ecosystem.
Points being discussed with the GAC.

  • Registrar business models
  • the role resellers play
  • the diverse nature of the RrSG (Registrars Stakeholder Group) members

Monday June 25 : The RrSG met directly with representatives from the Law Enforcement community on Monday to provide them an update and to update them on the status of the 12 requests they had previously indicated were important. The RrSG has accepted 10 of the 12 proposals.
Outstanding issues are WHOIS verification and Data Retention.
In the evening ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom had it’s farewell party which was largely attended.

Tuesday June 26 : Tuesday was a busy day for the Registrars.
RAA (Registrar Accreditation Agreement) discussions
gTLD discussions about the implications for Registrars and it’s Resellers/Customers.
The Executive Committee of the RrSG met with the ICANN Board Tuesday afternoon. Main topics were the new RAA and gTLDs.
A healthy interaction with the ICANN compliance team.
ICANN renews the .com contract with Verisign.

Wednesday June 27: WHOIS replacement workshop. A few observations from this workgroup.

  • No uniform data model that exists for domain name registration data.
  • The WHOIS protocol itself has no standard capacity for handling non-ASCII text.
  • Directory services do not satisfy legitimate needs for access to different granularities of data.

Replacing the current WHOIS system as we know it, is one of the top priorities of ICANN’s priority list.

Participation as a panel member regarding the IRTP Part C Update. This workgroup is gathering information to recommend a control function for domain name owner changes.

No further news on the URS. ICANN has not selected an URS provider yet.

Thursday June 28 : Participation as a panel member regarding the locking of a domain name during an UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution)
Most noteable was the public forum. This session lasts around 5 hours and includes a variety of topics. This is a session where anyone and everyone can ask their questions or make comments to the ICANN board.

WIPO handled slightly more UDRP cases compared to 2010.

WIPO handled slightly more UDRP cases compared to 2010.

Though the amount of UDRP cases is just slightly higher compared to 2010 the amount of domains involved was up by 9.4%. A smillar trend is noticed by ccTLD registries who use their own ADR procedure to resolve  domain name disputed.

Since ICANN appointed WIPO as one of the parties to handle domain disputes back in 1999, WIPO handled more then 22.5000 UDRP cases and this number will only increase according to WIPO with the launch of the new gTLD‘s at the end of this year. How high this increase will be is unknown at the moment. First of all we don’t known how many gTLD’s will be released and it is unknown how effective the Trademark Clearinghouse will be when it is introduced by ICANN in October this year.

To read the entire report you can visit this link here.

The observant reader will notice that Denmark filed a massive amount of UDRD’s last year compared to the rest of the world (204). This is due to the LEGO company who filed alone 161 complaints, and is fiercely defending it’s trademarks.

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Cybersquatters face serious sentences in the Philippines.

The senate in the Philippines approved a new law wich classifies cybersquatting as act of crime. Squatters could face six to 12 years in jail if found guilty under the new Senate Bill.

Min and Max

Six years is the minimum term with a maximum of twelve years.
There is however an alternative punishment of a 500,000 peso fine (roughly $12,000)
According to the new Philippine law cybersquatting is :

The acquisition of a domain name over the internet in bad faith to profit, mislead, destroy reputation, and deprive others from registering the same, if such a domain name is:
i. Similar, identical, or confusingly similar to an existing trademark registered with the appropriate government agency at the time of the domain name registration
ii. Identical or in any way similar with the name of a person other than the registrant, in case of a personal name; and
iii. Acquired without right or with intellectual property interests in it

This definition is smillar to the widely used Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy.