It been just about a month since the The Anti-Phishing Consumer Protection Act of 2008″ was introduced in Congress.
We immediately informed you about the bill, told you that if passed it, the government would be able to take away your property, the most generic of domain names and fine you up to 6 million dollars per domain.
We immediately let you know that if the bill passed it would greatly depress all domain values. It would virtual end the domain industry as we know it.
We also let you know that there was a lobbying group funded by Verizon, Dell and other major corporations to get this legislation, and others coming in the future, which will directly attack our industry.
Finally we let you know that our industry has a lobbyist and a group established to fight this bill and other legislation that many come and that group needed funding and members.
The word went out on all the domain boards, blogs and newsletters.
So here is the response from the domain community in the month.
15 new members into the ICA
$10,000 dollars in contributions to the ICA.
Horrible, pathetic, disgusting, failure.
To add insult to injury I have been running a poll on thedomains.com for 10 days asking if you are a member of the ICA. Keeping in mind this is a blog written by a Domainer for domainers, the results are astounding; 5 votes yes (including 1 of mine) 15 votes no, not a member.
You come to my board, read everything I have been telling you about the bill and then have the nerve to not join the ICA and let me know you haven’t.
So here is my final attempt.
We will match your contribution, dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
This offer is only opened to NEW MEMBERS.
The ICA need money but it also needs numbers in the membership ranks.
So become an associate member of the ICA for $295, and we will throw in another $295 of our own money.
Become a Professional Member at $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 and we will match you dollar for dollar, again up to a total of $10K.
First come first served.
To take advantage of this offer go to https://www.internetcommerce.org/contact_us
Mention in the comment box that you are joining on thedomains.com/mostwanteddomains.com match program.
The ICA is on board with this program. They will let me know once the $10K in contributions is met. I will then let you know.
This offer expires next Friday March 27 at 5PM PST.
If you’re already a member of the ICA I again urge you to contribute more, do a matching program of your own.
It’s $295 to join the ICA, the cost of 40 domain registrations or 4 backorders at namejet.com.
No excuses accepted.
Finally there are certain people who advertised domains for sale on domain boards stating that a percentage of the sale would be donated to the ICA.
These domains sold, but the ICA has not received the funds.
By next week, I think we will have a post dedicated to these people, if they do not follow through on their pledges.