In a morning session at the ICANN Conference, in what was called an update to the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system “implementation work indicates that the $300-$500 cost target any not be met.”
“How can we refashion the URS to get closer to our cost goals and still keep the protection rights for registrants?
It has become clear that none of the normal providers like WIPO have no interest in handling these cases for the $300-$500, so ICANN appears to want to re-open the discussion of the URS program and all registrants are going to have to keep their eye on this discussion.
Already ICANN is chatting about doing away with or greatly limiting appeal rights when a registrant has their domain name taken away.
“Its clear that the way the program is currently configured we are not going to hit our cost targets”
There is a promised session later this week on this topic and we will let you know how it plays out.
You should know that Phil Corwin is at ICANN on behalf of the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) and will be watching developments on the URS closely.
Also keep in mind that some trademark groups and other rights holders, have already pushed for the URS to be incorporated into other registry contracts as they come up for renewal in the future for existing registries including .com.