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“UDRP” for copyright has been officially terminated

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .org registry, has officially terminated the Systemic Copyright Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy (SCADR). PIR determined that the SCADR is not ripe for implementation.

The intention of the SCADR was to create a narrowly tailored solution to address instances of egregious systemic copyright infringement, while fully respecting the due process rights of registrants. SCADR was ofter called the UDRP for copyright as opposed to the original UDRP that is trademark centered.

PIR had paused the SCADR development back in February, 2017 when many concerns had been raised by stakeholders including The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and The Internet Commerce Association (ICA).

This is the complete announcement that PIR made today:

“Public Interest Registry (“PIR”) has paused its efforts to develop a Systemic Copyright Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy (SCADR). After receiving and reviewing feedback from various stakeholders, PIR has determined that the SCADR is not ripe for implementation. The intention of the SCADR was to create a narrowly tailored solution to address instances of egregious systemic copyright infringement, while fully respecting the due process rights of registrants. Despite the SCADR’s limited scope and emphasis on due process, the feedback we have received to date indicates that this solution lacks sufficient support from our stakeholders. Accordingly, PIR will not implement the SCADR.

Consistent with our mission and purpose to educate and serve the non-profit community, PIR looks forward to continuing to engage with stakeholders to discuss issues of mutual concern and develop solutions that serve the public interest. Governments continue to assert that regulation of the internet is necessary and push registries to engage in potential content regulation. At the same time, services providers have begun to implement take down mechanisms that may not strike the right balance to ensure due process is respected. This environment puts healthy internet governance at risk. Public Interest Registry believes that solutions should be found that protect due process and at the same time address abusive behavior in a manner that promotes the public interest as well as an open, interconnected Internet for all.”

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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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