Back on June 1 we told you about a new proposal by the IRT a group of trademark holders who have committee status with ICANN and their proposal for a Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) for all new gTLD’s. In that post we told you that this was going to be a problem for all domains holders, including existing extensions like .com, .net and .org.
Today, in a very negative article on domaining, entitled “Domain Name Wars:Rise of the Cybersqatters, VP of ICANN Paul Levins made it clear that trademark holders and ICANN want the proposed rapid take down rules to apply to all existing extensions as well as the new gTLD’s which they have been proposed for :
“ICANN may be able to apply the new rules as existing registrar contracts expire, Levins says. “We may be able to retrofit the features that are in the new GTLD agreements to address abuse.”
The computerworld.com article goes on to say:
“the GTLD issue has intensified the focus on trademark abuse in domain names, and the matter now has ICANN’s full attention. So the GTLD proposals could be a catalyst for change.””
Domainers need to understand that your entire business model is under attack. The article goes on to quote a rep of Verizon who says: “Even domain-parking sites that don’t include advertising are a problem”
Bottom line read the 9 page article for yourself and then join the ICA.