Kurt Pritz, Sr. VP of Stakeholder Relations of ICANN, testified before the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, on May 4. Representative Coble asked various questions and ICANN has submitted additional information. In additional to a technical question regarding the ability of a brand-owner to wind down its own ‘brand registry’ if it chooses to do so, the following questions were asked (and answered in the embedded document):
1. What is the most powerful, persuasive reason for the launch of new gTLDS? Why do we need to do this?
2. Do ICANN employees have a financial interest in moving the New gTLD program forward in June? Will the program transform ICANN into a for-profit institution? Can you provide additional information on ICANN salaries?
3. Will ICANN commit to create a block list of globally recognized trademarks?
4. Are there any proposed safeguards against the introduction of a new top-level domain containing terms such as racial epithets?