Participation in the Internet Commerce Association should be accessible and affordable to all who have an interest in joining. The ICA is a member-led organization that advocates on behalf of the domain industry. The greater the participation and involvement of members of the domain industry in the ICA, the more effective we can be.
With the aim of making the ICA more accessible to all members of the domain industry, during the “ICA Live” session at NamesCon the ICA announced a new membership level for Individual Members. The Individual Membership level is $50 per month or $600 per year. Those who wish to join as Individual Members can do so now on the Join page of the ICA website through either an annual or monthly PayPal subscription.
Individual members are full members of the ICA, receiving the same updates from ICA’s counsel, Phil Corwin, participating on the ICA mailing list, and eligible to vote for board positions. The Individual Membership level is available only to individuals in their personal capacity, not to businesses. The minimum membership contribution for businesses remains at $1,000 per year for a Bronze Membership. Individual Memberships can be paid for through a business account, but it would be the individual, not the business, that would be a member of the ICA.
The learn more about the work of the ICA on your behalf, you can visit http://www.ica.domains to review the many policy positions we have taken, visit our Facebook page or follow our Twitter feed. You can also send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In conversations about ICA membership, we frequently heard that a membership level of around $500 per year was the right level for the person we were speaking with. Investing in domains is cash intensive and the payout may be many years in the future. Many domainers, even after years in the industry, are domain-rich but cash-poor and do not have surplus funds. There are many others who are part of the domain industry who are not primarily domain investors – bloggers, brokers, consultants, service providers, etc. – who wish to participate as a member of the ICA but who don’t have as large a financial stake in protecting domain ownership rights as those with large portfolios. By reducing the minimum contribution for membership, our aim is to remove an obstacle that may have prevented those who care about the issues we focus on and who wish to become involved from joining the ICA.
Our hope is that offering Individual Membership levels will attract many new members who will bring their energy and ideas to the ICA. We are looking for members who are willing to give of their time and expertise to help staff Working Groups, to publicize the work of the ICA throughout the domain industry and to bring on their friends and colleagues as members of the ICA.
We have an ambitious agenda for 2016 and beyond – encompassing ICANN’s review of all protections for trademark owners in all gTLDs, including revisions to the UDRP. We encourage you to explore whether joining the ICA is a worthwhile way to support your future in the industry.