ICANN Really .Sucks By Saying They Don’t Regulate Content: Anyone Remember .XXX?

After collecting over 1/3 of a billion dollars in application fees, ICANN attempted to pass off the whole .Sucks issue to law enforcement this week, asking them for an opinion, which is very unlikely to come, of whether the .sucks roll-out violates US or Canadian federal law. ICANN is quoted as saying it was “concerned about the contentions of illicit actions” by Vox Populi but that it lacks … [Read more...]

ICANN Publishes Its Tax Return; Spends $46M In Salaries; $17M In Travel; Has $300M In Cash/Stocks

ICANN just published its tax return, Form 990, for the year ending June 30, 2014. ICANN Revenue decreased from the year earlier to $127 Million from $236 Million. However salaries & compensation rose from $32 Million to $46 Million. Total expenses in 2014 were $124 Million against last years  $150 Million. ICANN ended its fiscal year with $193 Million in net assets up from $168 … [Read more...]

NAE.com Saved in UDRP But No RDNH Despite Domain Reg 6 Years Before TM

National Automotive Experts, L.L.C. just lost its bid to grab the three letter domain name NAE.com in a UDRP, from Vertical Axis Inc. who was represented as usually by Ari Goldberger of Esqwire.com The three member panel of Ho-Hyun Nahm,  Diane Thilly Cabell and Sandra J. Franklin easily found in favor of the Domain Holder concluding that the Complainant didn't establish that they had an … [Read more...]

The MPAA Would Like to Help ICANN set policy in targeting Pirate Domains

In an article on Torrent Freak it seems that the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is in bed with ICANN and is trying to use that relationship to shape certain policies. These policies center on the handling of domain names used by sites that infringe intellectual property. From the article: The MPAA is one of the ICANN partners shaping future policy for the domain name system. … [Read more...]

Here Is The GAC Advice to ICANN from The GAC Communique-Singapore

The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued its Communique from the ICANN Singapore meeting. Here is the GAC Advice: Safeguards Advice Applicable to all new gTLDs and Category 1 (consumer protection, sensitive strings and regulated markets) and Category 2 (restricted registration policies) strings The GAC considers … [Read more...]

To The CEO Of ICANN Fadi Chehade: Do You Think Vodafone Is The Biggest Domain Hogger?

Two weeks ago we called out the CEO of ICANN Fadi Chehade, for some remarks he made in a story published by the HuffingtonPost.com to wit: “The reality is, the more there are names (new gTLD’s),  less people will actually be hogging names in order to charge a lot for them. Theregister.co.uk then followed up by reporting on the story which included my blog post At the ICANN meeting this … [Read more...]

Former AFRINIC CEO Adiel Akplogan joins ICANN to Aid Global Outreach

ICANN has selected the  former  CEO of AFRINIC (Africa's Regional Internet Registry) Adiel Akplogan as its vice president for technical engagement, a newly created role expected to deepen the organization's efforts to improve its international presence and participation. Akplogan headed AFRINIC, from its creation in 2005. His role as AFRINIC CEO ended at the end of last month, and he is … [Read more...]