Rod Beckstrom the CEO of ICANN just told theHill.com, that applicants who looks at other applicants info in an attempt “to gain an unfair edge over their competitors” may have their own application denied.
In an interview with The Hill, he noted that ICANN has “ultimate authority” over approving all applications and said the organization will examine whether any groups used a recent system glitch to look at the applications of their rivals.
“If we were concerned with any parties’ actions, one could hypothetically imagine that well could be taken into consideration [of whether to approve their applications],” Beckstrom said.
“He said ICANN officials will be able to tell whether any groups changed their applications after using the glitch to snoop on their competitors.”
Denial of an application would mean a $185,000 loss in fees to the applicant, however depending on what information an applicant saw and what in reaction they made upon seeing the info, a denial of the application would seem fair under certain circumstances.
Say there was one application for a certain generic string and upon seeing that application another applicant went ahead an applied for that unique string, that would certainly be an action for which I could see a denial of application.
I actually had a post ready to publish on this topic basically calling on ICANN to deny an application where an applicant viewed sensitive material and then acted upon it but with this story we will scrub ours as it seems ICANN is already on top of the issue.
That sound very fair to me. A big price to pay for cheating.
Racqueteering is illegal says
If it were my $185,000 that was lost due to this poorly planned and executed process, I would hire the best legal counsel money could buy and would sue the f**k out of ICANN.
.CHEATER Top Level Domain says
And so it begins – the careful culling OUT of Applicants THEY do not like
The same Carnival game from the year 2000 – with Digital.Archery added
ICANN wants to be SUED says
It is common practice in Silicon Valley IPOs for certain lawyers to buy stock simply to SUE the company if they miss the dot on an i or the cross on a T.
ICANN likes being sued: they have $100,000,000 set aside in advance for that part of their game
About 50 applications were expected from parties who plan to do nothing but tie the process in knots (in court)
Applicants are now being “played” and may get a T-Shirt if lucky
Totally agree with “Racqueteering” comments. If the system showed this information and ICANN messed up in their software, and later denied an application for their making information public in the system – and the TLD applicant lost $185,000 – ICANN has serious legal issues to be concerned with. Since ICANN probably won’t tell people WHY they were rejected in a situation like this, this comment defiantly opens legal issues for ICANN for any denied application.
ICANN wants to be SUED says
ICANN wants to be SUED
Think about it!! THEY have your money to play with in court.
Delays favor them. Applicants are losing time to market.
ICANN paints themselves as having a White Hat
Black Hats and Psych Ops experts are hired to cook up the charades
Applicants are being played as fools
“spur online innovation”?
if anyone falls for that line, it’s just sad.
it costs nothing to expand the namespace. and do it in a smart way.
icann and their dns racket is what stands in the way of innovation. and it’s why domain names are such a messy situation.
if he really believes what he says to the press, then why did icann block new gtld’s for 15 years?
maybe it’s because from years of observation they know exactly what a glut of available domain names spurs. and it’s certainly not “innovation”.
it does begin with an “i” though. infringement.
the way icann has structured this new gtld scam, the only thing it’s going to spur is income for icann and those connected to it. even if these new gtld’s never come to pass, icann makes out like a bandit.