The GNSO Council has just voted to pass (Contracted parties 100% Non-contracted parties 84.6%) a motion in relation to the Final Report of the IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Working Group, it RESOLVED:

  1. The GNSO Council approves, and recommends that the ICANN Board adopt, Recommendations 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the PDP Final Report. The GNSO Council directs ICANN staff to prepare a Recommendations Report for delivery to the ICANN Board in accordance with the process outlined in the ICANN Bylaws.
  2. The GNSO Council does not approve Recommendation 5 of the PDP Final Report and directs the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs (RPM) PDP to consider, as part of its Phase 2 work, whether an appropriate policy solution can be developed that is generally consistent with Recommendations 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the PDP Final Report and:
    1. accounts for the possibility that an IGO may enjoy jurisdictional immunity in certain circumstances;
    2. does not affect the right and ability of registrants to file judicial proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction;
    3. preserves registrants’ rights to judicial review of an initial UDRP or URS decision; and
    4. recognizes that the existence and scope of IGO jurisdictional immunity in any particular situation is a legal issue to be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  3. The GNSO Council intends to amend the charter for the RPM PDP Working Group to reflect this new instruction accordingly.
  4. The GNSO Council affirms that it will take into account its approval of Recommendations 1, 2, 3 & 4 in considering the recommendations it receives from the RPM PDP Working Group.
  5. The GNSO Council thanks all the members of the IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms PDP for their hard work in completing this PDP.

Explanatory Note/Rationale:

  • The GNSO Council is of the opinion that Recommendations 1, 2, 3 & 4 do not constitute substantive policy recommendations, in the sense that they neither create new policies nor amend existing ones (including Consensus Policies). However, the GNSO Council acknowledges that Recommendation 1(a) and 1(b) propose that “no specific new dispute resolution procedures are to be created” and the Council’s approval of this recommendation should be taken into account when considering the final recommendations it receives from the RPM PDP Working Group.
  • The GNSO Council recognizes that Recommendation 3, if approved, may be interpreted as precluding any potential changes being made to the UDRP and/or URS. The GNSO Council wishes to clarify that, in its view, Recommendation 3 is concerned with ways to avoid jurisdictional immunity problems and does not address the specific issue of jurisdictional immunity; viz., the respective Rules for the UDRP and URS, as currently worded, require a complainant to submit to the jurisdiction of a national court, which may be incompatible with the jurisdictional immunity that some IGOs may enjoy in certain circumstances.
  • The GNSO Council does not approve Recommendation 5 of the PDP Final Report as it believes that approving this recommendation will effectively result in: (a) a substantive amendment of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Uniform Rapid Suspension procedure (URS), both of which are under review by the GNSO’s Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs PDP; and (b) a potential reduction of the existing level of curative protections currently available to IGOs notwithstanding the fact that the PDP had been chartered to determine “whether to amend the UDRP and URS to allow access to and use of these mechanisms by IGOs and INGOs …or whether a separate, narrowly-tailored dispute resolution procedure at the second level modeled on the UDRP and URS that takes into account the particular needs and specific circumstances of IGOs and INGOs should be developed”
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VeriSign has just released it’s latest issue of its Domain Name Industry Brief which shows that the internet grew by nearly 12 million domain names in the first quarter of 2016 to 326.4 million domain names; equating to a 3.8 percent increase over the previous quarter.

The report shows the current 10 largest TLDs as .com .tk .cn .de .net .org .uk .ru .nl and .info

 

largest 10 TLDs

The Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) is holding a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 10 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm US EDT (UTC-4). Panelists will discuss the different types of Internet fragmentation, their associated technical, economic, and political impacts and when fragmentation may be desirable or problematic. Additionally, the panelists will examine how these should be taken into consideration in policy making.

The kinds of questions the panel are hoping to explore include:

  • Is the global, open Internet moving away from a network of networks that is universally interoperable to a series of networks fragmented along policy, technical or economic lines?
  • What about the increasing use of DNS and content filtering?
  • As some governments pass laws related to data localization and restriction of cross-border data flows, what will the impact be?
  • What other factors have the potential for causing fragmentation?

A Live video stream is to be recorded and made available for viewing after the event.

AuDA who manage Australia’s ccTLD .au have approved a 2015 policy proposal to let people register second level domains under .au.

The Board agreed with the majority views expressed in the Panel’s final report, that the introduction of direct registrations would:

  • make available domain names which are shorter, more appealing and more memorable
  • give Australians more choice in deciding what domain name to register
  • respond to market demand
  • be more attractive to natural individuals than the current option, id.au
  • strengthen the “.au brand” in a globally competitive market
  • add value to all three main categories of users – registrars and resellers, registrants and ultimate users of the .au domain name system.

auDA will now undertake a policy delveopment process which will include a proposed date for their introduction.

The idea is to bring the owners of premium domain names together with angel investors and young, skilled developers, with the hope that some workable business ideas might emerge.

Codemology is a new form of workflow designed for technology teams to achieve optimal outcomes. We integrate the best practices from multiple disciplines to help teams create a Minimum Viable Product for a domain in just one weekend. Our framework seeks to foster creativity through divergent thinking and teaches teams how to identify novel ideas from the excess supply of premium domains in the market.

The developers keep the IP rights to whatever they code during the event. It’s up to the domain owner to choose to collaborate, buy their IP or walk away.

codemology.com

Lawrence Strickling the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator is urging all parties with an interest in the IANA transition to review the proposals to transition IANA functions away from US Control and provide feedback to the working groups.

This is the best way to make your voice heard and make a difference. It is particularly important that stakeholders everywhere evaluate whether these plans meet the criteria that we have said must be part of the transition.

IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal (.pdf)

In recent days both the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) and the Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) on Enhancing ICANN Accountability have posted their proposals for review and final public comment. Comments are due September 8, 2015, for the ICG’s proposal and September 12, 2015, for the CCWG’s proposal.

ICG – IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal: Call for Public Comment

CCWG – Enhancing ICANN Accountability

eMarketer latest report on ecommerce sales in China has just been released and it shows the phenomenal growth of mobile usage and associated mobile ecommerce in China. The estimates put mobile ecommerce in the Chinese market at nearly 450% of the US market. http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Mobile-Accounts-Almost-Half-of-Chinas-Retail-Ecommerce-Sales/1012793

Retail sales on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices will reach $333.99 billion this year in China, according to eMarketer’s latest estimates of retail sales around the world, up 85.1% from 2014. That figure represents 49.7% of all retail ecommerce sales in the country this year.

At the end of this month the .nz domain name space will undergo a momentous, once only change. From 1pm, 30 September 2014 (NZDT) people will be able to register or reserve domain names in the second level directly before the .nz – e.g. anyname.nz

The Domain Name Commission is offering some Registrants the option to reserve the shorter version of their .nz domain name for up to two years. Reserving the shorter version of a name gives Registrants time to decide whether they want it or not, without anyone else being able to register it in that time.

A two-year time frame was deemed a sufficient enough amount of time for Registrants with the reserving option to consider the idea. It would also give, for example, businesses, clubs and other types of bodies time to change their signs, vehicles, etc. to incorporate their new domain name.

Those eligible to reserve can do so by going to the www.anyname.nz website with their Unique Domain Authentication Identifier (UDAI) from 1pm, 30 September 2014. Though it should be noted that anyone who chooses to reserve their .nz domain name directly at the second level will no longer have any rights to this name if they let their existing domain name lapse.

When Nominet opened up the second level of the .uk namespace, they gave priority to registrants in the .co.uk namespace over those in other second levels such as .org.uk, net.uk or .me.uk. The Domain Name commissioner for .nz has taken a different approach which doesn’t offer precedence for co.nz or precedence for earlier registration dates.

“For reasons of fairness, where there is more than one Registrant competing for a .nz domain name to be registered directly at the second level the Domain Name Commission does not believe preference could be given to the oldest registration.

Similarly, the Domain Name Commission does not believe one second level should have preference over any other. For example, the Registrant of anyname.co.nz should not be treated differently to the Registrant of anyname.school.nz.

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration has announced today its intent to transition ICANN Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.

To support and enhance the multistakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announces its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.  As the first step, NTIA is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). 

“The timing is right to start the transition process,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Lawrence E. Strickling.  “We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan.

Press release: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press-release/2014/ntia-announces-intent-transition-key-internet-domain-name-functions

Sedo is holding a domain auction for some of Yahoo!’s domain names. The auction runs from tomorrow, 14th through 21st November.

Reserve Range ($)   –   Domain

1,000,000 – 1,499,999 USD av.com
   250,000 – 499,999 USD  webserver.com
   100,000 – 249,999 USD mym.com
   100,000 – 249,999 USD transmissions.com
   100,000 – 249,999 USD westerns.com
     50,000 – 99,999 USD globalwhois.com
     50,000 – 99,999 USD sandwich.com
     50,000 – 99,999 USD sled.com
     25,000 – 49,999 USD blogsport.com
     25,000 – 49,999 USD crackers.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD airtrafficcontrol.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD chillertheater.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD cursed.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD finalcountdown.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD irecruiter.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD jockeys.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD jumpcut.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD policescanner.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD raging.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD religious.net
     10,000 – 24,999 USD thebroadcastnetwork.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD truestory.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD vivas.com
       5,000 – 9,999 USD dotbank.com
       5,000 – 9,999 USD fonzo.com
       5,000 – 9,999 USD laun.com
       1,000 – 4,999 USD batoota.com
       1,000 – 4,999 USD cyberjokes.com
       1,000 – 4,999 USD webcal.com