ICANN Issues Thought Paper & Guidance on Domain Seizures and Takedowns

Dave Piscitello, member of the ICANN Security Team, assessed the value of assessing collateral damage before requesting a domain seizure after ICANN issued a thought paper and guidance on domain seizures and takedowns.

On January 24, 2013 he posted:
In our Thought Paper on Domain Seizures and Takedowns, we offer guidance [PDF, 439 KB] to anyone who prepares an order that seeks to seize or take down domain names. By offering this guidance, we do not endorse such actions as a prescriptive measure, nor do we consider seizures or takedowns the appropriate remedy for every misuse or abuse. We only acknowledge that actions of these kinds have and will continue to be taken to combat criminal or abusive use of the DNS, and given this, we lend guidance to preparers so that orders they issue can be met expeditiously and with as little collateral harm as possible.

Here is the complete post on the value of assessing collateral damage before requesting a domain seizure:
http://www.icann.org/en/about/staff/security/seizure-collateral-assess-24jan13-en

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

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