From ICANN Semi-Annual registrar contractual compliance report: 4290 enforcement compliance and breached contract notices, ten registrars had their accreditation terminated, and eight were unable to renew their accreditation.
ICANN Contractual Compliance Report 24dec09 En
With the World Series a close second, my interview on CNN International regarding domain names was certainly the most compelling television last night.
The ICANN Board passed a bunch of resolutions Friday morning in Seoul. Internalized domain names will be fast-tracked, new generic top level domains will be slow tracked. Applications for new gTLDs will only be accepted after (and depending upon) (1) more economic analysis as to whether new gTLDs are a good thing or not; (2) more analysis as to the cumulative effect of new IDNs and other implementations on the scalability of the DNS; (3) more consideration of trademark protection; and (4) the appointment of the evaluators of the gTLD application process. So expect a fourth version of the draft Applicant Guidebook. I’m predicting fall of 2010 now as the opening date for filing applications.
Source: ICANN contract compliance team (which enforces the accrediation contact between a registrar and ICANN):
For January to October 2009:
9 terminations of registrars
7 (contested) non-renewals of registrars
184 breach notices transmitted
4,290 enforcement actions
9,304 consumer complaints processed
I’m here in Seoul at the ICANN meeting. The third version of the Draft Applicant Guidebook to the new TLDs is out.
As to timing, the initial word is that the process will be kicked even further into the future. ICANN suggested in the opening remarks that the application process itself, intially scheduled for early 2010, may not even start until 2011. There are TLD start-ups out there carrying heavy salary loads and they were not happy to hear this. Of course if the delay is only until September 2010, that may seem like a relief.
Also, there is the issue as to ‘dot brands,’ TLDs consisting of a brand owned by that brand, such as .NIKE or .AMAZON (I’m using those as examples of famous brands, not because I have any reason to believe that those particular companies want those particular TLDs). It has been an assumption that TLD applications would be judged on various technical criteria but the judging would be ‘content-neutral’ (within reason).
Well, the word on the street is that two ICANN board members stated publicly on Sunday that they are opposed to dot brands and will work to reject such applications.
It’s not clear to what extent they can bring that about – but ICANN may wish to clarify this issue before the Fortune 100 each pay $185k in fees to ICANN for dot brands.
Of one thing I am certain – I am glad I did not devote psychic energy to this process two years ago.
The Seoul meeting can be tracked and followed remotely here.
If you’re going and want to meet up, drop a line. If you want to chat about the new gTLD process when I get back, that’s good too.
Chirs Bosh won a cyber-squatting suit and was awarded defendant’s portfolio of domain names. Bosh is now giving the names away to their rightful owners. Check for your name on the list lined to in the article.
The comedian Gil Gottfried had a routine at a ‘roast’ honoring Bob Sagett where a recurring theme was the denial, with greater and greater specificity, that contrary to a rumor, Bob Sagett did not in fact rape and murder a young girl in 1990. It’s one of those bits that isn’t funny the first six or so times the line is repeated.
So someone registers the domain name GLENNBECKRAPEDANDMURDEREDAYOUNGGIRLIN1990.COM. Glenn Beck then filed a UDRP. Registrant’s response (linked to here) explains why the domain name is funny, and why Beck’s interviewing technique is not.
One of those in rem ACPA complaints you hear about.
Complaint in Rem Acpa
InsideFacebook.com: “Will Facebook Give Away Vanity URLs in a Landrush?“:
Under such a system, users would be able to get URLs like facebook.com/mark for their own personal profiles. (However, some of the most common first names are already taken.)
Administering such a landrush would be a significant challenge. Presumably, Facebook wouldn’t let users register trademarked terms or generic words like “lasvegashotels” that could be used to simply generate spammy SEO traffic. Facebook would have to establish clear rules for how the vanity URLs would be distributed.