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My Nomination for the 2024 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award


The Internet Commerce Association shared its list of nominees for the 2024 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award. I was nominated (by Francois), and I appreciate him for thinking of me. I also nominated someone for the award, and I thought I would share who I nominated and why.

Many years ago, I shared the story about how I met Lonnie Borck. In short, I met Lonnie as we were both exiting the restroom at the 2007 TRAFFIC conference in New York City. Since that chance meeting, my friendship with Lonnie grew. From that point on and for many years, we spoke on the phone and exchanged emails many times a week, and we occasionally got together until his untimely passing in 2016. That still hurts.

ICA Opens Nominations for 2024 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award


Shortly after the untimely and unexpected passing of Lonnie Borck in 2016, the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) named an award in his memory with the approval and participation of Lonnie’s family. Each year since, the ICA has continued to honor Lonnie’s memory with the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award.

The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award honors someone from the domain name business who deserves recognition for making an “exceptional contribution to fostering a sense of community within the domain name industry.” Anyone from within the domain industry can nominate another domain industry participant who they believe is deserving of the award.

Sage.ai Dispute Gives Guidance on Common One Word Domains


Sage Global Services Limited is a well-known British company that is commonly known as Sage and operates on Sage.com. The company recently filed a UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization against the Sage.ai domain name, which is owned by a domain investor. The decision was published on Friday, and it was brought to my attention by the Internet Commerce Association.

The three member WIPO panel – John Swinson, W. Scott Blackmer, and Tony Willoughby – ruled in favor of the domain registrant. The panel declined to rule that this was Reverse Domain Name Hijacking, but that has little bearing on the outcome since the registrant will retain the domain name.

ICA Releases More Details About 2024 Member Meeting


Earlier this Summer, the ICA announced it would hold its 2024 Member Meeting in Las Vegas from January 17-20, 2024. The event will be held at Resorts World. Tickets for the meeting are now available to purchase for an early bird price of $399 – valid until September 10.

The price will continue to rise up until the event is held, but the ICA has a series of special offers for people who aren’t members of the ICA but sign up to become members. Here is the breakdown of ticket prices and the special new ICA member offer:

ICA Introduces Broker Code of Conduct Badge


The  Internet Commerce Association (ICA) recently developed and announced a Voluntary ICA Broker Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is a voluntary set of guidelines created with the input of ICA members to help establish best practices for professional conduct expected from domain brokers.

Yesterday afternoon, the ICA invited domain name brokers, who are Bronze-level members or higher, to commit to abide by the Voluntary Broker Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct covers topics like working with a client’s best interests in mind, using a brokerage agreement that lists all terms and fees, disclosing any conflicts of interests, and quite a few other expectations and best practices that professional domain brokers should maintain.

2024 ICA Member Meeting in Las Vegas


The Internet Commerce Association, an organization that advocates on behalf of domain investors and industry service providers, announced it would be hosting its 2024 annual meeting in Las Vegas. Although the details have not been finalized, the event will be held from January 17 – 19.

Here’s what was announced to the ICA membership in an email this morning:

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