.eu dispute resolution fees discount of 50% continues in 2014

The fee for a basic .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure will be cut by a further 50%, according to the .eu registry EURid and the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC), the institution appointed to rule on Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings for the .eu top-level domain.

The announcement heralds the third year in a row that the cost of .eu ADR proceedings has been reduced.

“The continued reduction of ADR fees will further help rights holders to overcome the financial barrier that prevented them from claiming their rights through .eu ADR proceedings,” commented Czech Arbitration Court Board Member, Petr Hostaš.

EURid’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael added, “At EURid, we want anyone with a legitimate prior rights claim to be able to challenge a .eu registration. Making the .eu ADR process more affordable, and therefore accessible, is one way of doing this.”

Why ADR
People can challenge a .eu registration if they believe they have a prior right to the domain name and the current holder has registered the name for speculative or abusive purposes. EURid offers the fast and convenient .eu ADR procedure through the independent CAC specifically for this purpose. No travel is required as all cases are conducted online and by email, and in 24 official EU languages. Cases take an average of four months to resolve.

EURid appointed the CAC in 2005 as its ADR provider. In order to make .eu ADR decisions, the CAC selects one or more panellists from its list of 112 accredited international experts.

In numbers
Since the ADR procedure first became available in 2006, 686 cases have been filed – of which 51 in 2013. The ADR panel accepted 35 complaints last year, 10 are still pending. More information about the terms and conditions of the new .eu ADR price structure is available at eu.adr.eu.

Updated Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) Procedure and Rules

An updated version of the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) Procedure [PDF, 168 KB] and the URS Rules are now available for download.

Last month ICANN apointed the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) as the first URS provider.

The URS is one of several new Rights Protection Mechanisms available in the New gTLD Program. It complements the existing UDRP by offering a lower-cost, faster path to relief for rights holders experiencing the most clear-cut cases of infringement.

The URS Procedure defines the URS claims process. The Rules will help service providers implement URS in a consistent manner.

Since the last URS Procedure was posted on 4 June 2012, minor revisions have been made in the present rather than future tense. Other revisions clarify and simplify some provisions as well as make minor typographical corrections. Also, a set of Rules [PDF, 82 KB] has been developed and added, similar to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) rules, to provide guidance on all aspects of the URS proceedings.

In addition to the Rules posted by ICANN, each URS service provider is expected to produce supplemental rules to help standardize conduct for that provider’s interactions with complainants and respondents, but that are not inconsistent with the Procedure or the Rules.

The URS was developed by the community, for the community and is another testament to the multistakeholder model.

Download the URS Procedure [PDF, 168 KB] and Rules [PDF, 82 KB].
Learn more about Uniform Rapid Suspension.

.eu claims an 80% increase on ADR cases because of reduced fees

The Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) and .eu registry EURid have been running a special fee reduction to make the .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process more affordable. The cost of a basic proceeding has been cut by more than 50% since July 2012.

The .eu registry EURid and the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) just announced that the fee for a basic .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure will continue to be cut by 50% until the end of 2013. They also claim that since the introduction of the reduced fee in July 2012, the average number of ADR cases filed per month has risen by 80% but that is not reflected on the ADR stats.

I looked at the stats from years 2011 and 2012 and there is only a slight year to year, for the first 11 months of each year, increase of ADR fillings:
# Fillings (Months 1-11 of 2011): 41
# Fillings (Months 1-11 of 2012): 48 (17% increase)

The stats since the introduction of the ADR cost cut in July 2012 show a 50% increase but the sample is very small. (And it is not 80% as claimed)
# Fillings (Months 7-11 of 2011): 16
# Fillings (Months 7-11 of 2012): 24

The small sample together with the small year to year increase of 17% doesn’t tell us if the cost cut was successful or not. I believe that such a significant cost cut should result in at least a 100% increase in ADR fillings in order to be a success. 2013 will gives us more data to judge.

Here is the complete announcement:

Fee reduction extended for .eu dispute proceedings

Brussels and Prague, 18 December 2012 – The fee for a basic .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure will continue to be cut by 50% until the end of 2013, announced the .eu registry EURid and the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC), the institution appointed to rule on .eu domain name proceedings.

Since the introduction of the reduced fee in July 2012, the average number of ADR cases filed per month has risen by 80%.

“This increase does seem to indicate that there was some sort of financial barrier that prevented some parties from claiming their rights through .eu ADR proceedings,” commented Czech Arbitration Court Board Member, Petr Hostas.

“Lowering this barrier was a good step that enabled those parties to access the ADR procedure and I sincerely hope that this trend will continue going forward.”

EURid’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael added, “At EURid, we want anyone with a legitimate prior rights claim to be able to challenge a .eu registration. Making the .eu ADR process more affordable, and therefore accessible, is one way of doing this.”

Why ADR
People can challenge a .eu registration if they believe they have a prior right to the domain name and the current holder has registered the name for speculative or abusive purposes. Although they can do this through a European court, EURid offers the fast and convenient .eu ADR procedure through the independent CAC. No travel is required as all cases are conducted online and by email, and in 21 official EU languages. Cases take an average of four months to resolve.

EURid appointed the CAC in 2005 as its ADR provider. In order to make .eu ADR decisions, the CAC selects one or more panellists from its list of 136 accredited international experts.

In numbers
For the first three quarters of 2012, 35 .eu dispute resolution cases were filed. The Czech Arbitration Court published 25 ADR decisions, of which all were in favour of the complainant.

More information about the new .eu ADR price structure is available at eu.adr.eu.

EURid is sponsoring .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution procedure at less than half price (600 Euro)

The Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) and .eu registry EURid are running a special fee reduction to make the .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process even more accessible to the European public. EURid is sponsoring the .eu ADR procedure at the Czech Arbitration Court by providing a financial contribution for this time period. The cost of a basic proceeding is cut by more than 50%.

The .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure is used for challenging .eu registrations and it is the equivalent of UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy). All cases are conducted online and by email, and in 21 official EU languages. Cases take an average of four months to resolve. EURid appointed the CAC in 2005 as its ADR provider. In order to make .eu ADR decisions, the CAC selects one or more panellists from its list of 136 accredited international experts.

As of 1 July 2012 there is a temporary discount on ADR fees of EUR 700 per filing an ADR complaint. The discount will be granted per each filed complaint irrespective of the number of domain names in dispute and the type of panel requested (for example the fee for disputing one domain name before the single-member panel will be EUR 600 instead of EUR 1 300, the fee for disputing six domain names before the three-member panel will be EUR 3 300 EUR instead of EUR 4 000 etc.). The discount is applicable to all complaints submitted until 31 December 2012 and paid until 31 January 2013 at the latest. Please see the complete schedule of fees here.

This move comes in response to recommendations made in an external audit of the .eu ADR service prepared for EURid. The  auditor said that the .eu ADR procedure is functioning well but, according to the audit, a fee reduction would further raise the visibility of the service and improve access.

Auditor said that the .eu ADR service is functioning well but this discount shows the opposite is happening. During 2011, only 47 .eu ADR cases were filed and 42 decisions were published, of which 38, or 90%, were in favour of the complainant.  This show that the ADR  procedure is on fast decline and this is what this discount tries to fix. In total since .eu’s launch in 2005, there have been over 1000 .eu proceedings. I think the auditor should have commented the time cases take to resolve. An average of four months is a lot more that the time UDRP cases are decided.

“The Czech Arbitration Court is the out-of-court institution appointed to rule on .eu domain name proceedings. We hope that the new fee structure will help even more people resolve their disputes with respect to contested .eu domain name registrations,” said Board Member of the Czech Arbitration Court, Petr Hostas.

EURid’s General Manager, Marc Van Wesemael, added, “At EURid, we enable anyone with a legitimate prior rights claim to challenge a .eu registration. Making the .eu ADR process more available, especially to Europe’s small businesses, by lowering the fee during 2012 is one way of doing this.”

EURid also plans to engage with the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA) to help raise awareness about using .eu proceedings as a quick alternative to formal court hearings or litigation. In the same spirit, the CAC plans to enhance the .eu ADR online platform and procedural routines.

EURid publishes .eu identity magazine for Autumn 2012

EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names, manages the .eu top-level Internet domain under contract to the European Commission. EURid publishes the .eu identity magazine twice a year. The magazine contains articles on general interest and Internet-specific subjects. Click here to view a flash version of the latest issue or download it in .pdf format. You can find previous issues of the .eu Identity magazine in the magazine archive.

The latest issue has some interesting articles such as “What’s in a web address” that gives advice on how to market your business online and how to choose domain names. It gives special advice on registering multiple domain names and misspellings.

It also has an article about the .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure that is used for challenging .eu registrations. It seems that for six months, from 1 July 2012, basic proceedings are half price at 600 euros. EURid is sponsoring the .eu ADR procedure at the Czech Arbitration Court by providing a financial contribution for this time period. This is truly a first.