ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver To 4 European Registrars

icannICANN granted data retention waivers to 4 European registrars:

  1. GANDI SAS (France)
  2. IP Twins SAS (France)
  3. CPS-Datensysteme GmbH (Germany)
  4. Hostserver GmbH(Germany)

The 4 registrars submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request Continue reading

ICANN’s New gTLD Auction Proceeds At About $26 Million So Far

newgtldICANN New gTLD auction proceeds are at about $26 million so far. Almost all money comes from the 2 most recent auctions that included New gTLDs such as .tech and .realty.

.Auctions are the Continue reading

Meet The Attorney That Represents Attorneys In UDRPs

icannWebsite attorney Steven Rinehart recently won several new UDRP domain name disputes involving common law trademarks. Rinehart issued a press release about successfully establishing common law trademarks rights for two attorneys who were the target of libelous criticism websites (e.g. gripe sites), those domain names being <kendrickmoxon.com>, a California attorney; and <jonahhunt.com>, a Denver attorney.

Rinehart represents clients, with a few attorneys amongst them, in domain name disputes involving Continue reading

Is This Is An ICANN Motivation Seminar Or What?

icannThis is one of the reasons that I don’t attend any ICANN conferences. The other is that most are too far away from Greece.

I watched the closing interview of ICANN 51. ICANN’s Brad White interviews Fadi Chehadé and Dr. Stephen Crocker on the ICANN community’s acceptance of the revised accountability process at the close of ICANN’s 51st Public Meeting in Los Angeles.

I tried to learn something but I failed. Actually I did learn something but not about ICANN. I learned a lot of interesting words. Words that are probably used by politicians Continue reading

ICANN Could Postpone ICANN 52 Meeting In Marrakech, Morocco

icannICANN issued a statement regarding the ICANN 52 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. Following Morocco’s recent request to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament because of possible African travel restrictions, ICANN is in active and ongoing discussions with our ICANN 52 Marrakech hosts.

The statement does not mention that the travel restrictions are possible because of the ebola virus. Continue reading

WHOIS Accuracy Rates Improving Under 2013 RAA But At What Cost?

icannWHOIS Accuracy Rates are slowly improving, as reflected in the latest Preliminary Findings paper [PDF, 668 KB] published by the National Opinion Research Council (NORC) at the University of Chicago.

These findings suggest that there is still more work to be done to bring up accuracy rates. After examining nearly 100,000 WHOIS records, NORC’s Preliminary Findings highlight important observations regarding the Pilot Study: Continue reading

ICANN Will Release 2-Character New gTLD Domain Names

icannDuring ICANN 51 in Los Angeles on the 16th of October the ICANN Board decided the introduction of 2-character domain names in the New gTLD namespace.

ICANN decided that the proposed registry service for the release of two-character domains in the gTLD namespace does not create a reasonable risk of a Continue reading

Reports On ICANN 51 In Los Angeles

icannCENTR, the association of Internet Country Code Top Level Domain Registries, has released its full report on the ICANN 51 Meeting held last week in Los Angeles.

The report covers in detail the sessions held by the ccNSO, GNSO and GAC. The IANA stewardship transition and ICANN Accountability were the meta themes which crossed many of the discussions during the week. Continue reading

ICANN: 36,732 Complaints Filed Against Registrars & 853 Complaints Against Registries

icannICANN announced the appointment of Allen Grogan as Chief Contract Compliance Officer, overseeing Contract Compliance and Safeguards. But some really important numbers were revealed in the press release.

“The workload of ICANN’s contractual compliance team has increased markedly. From August 2013 to August 2014, 36,732 informal complaints were filed against registrars, while 853 informal complaints were filed against registries. During the same period, 72 formal complaints were filed.”

The number of complaints is staggering but it is not that surprising. A few registrars have been running scams Continue reading

IoN Magazine: New Magazine Dedicated To The Domain Name Industry

IoN-Magazine-Issue-2IoN Magazine (Standing for ‘Internet of Names’) is a new magazine dedicated to the domain name system industry. It provides the latest news, views, reviews, a quintessential guide to ICANN conferences – and occasionally hopes to amuse.

The first issue was distributed at ICANN 50 in London. The latest, 2nd issue, is available for free at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles or you can read the online Continue reading