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ICA Issues Important Statement Following Devex.org UDRP Decision

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Zak Muscovitch, interim General Counsel of the Internet Commerce Association (ICA), took the rare step of issuing a statement on behalf of the ICA following a controversial UDRP decision that could impact future UDRP decisions should the same wrong approach be applied. You'll want to read the ICA's statement on CircleID urging UDRP panelists to follow the policy rather than seemingly set their own guidelines. The Devex.org decision could be one cited by future complainants, and I am glad to see the ICA call it out.

For domain investors, the most concerning aspect of the decision can be found in the section discussing registration and use in bad faith. The decision states:

"Respondent’s apparent belief at the time it registered <devex.org> that someone, at some time in the future, might cultivate trademark rights in DEVEX which Respondent could then exploit obviates any requirement that to succeed under the UDRP the respondent must have contemplated a particular trademark holder and/or a particular trademark."

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Phil Corwin Takes Job at Verisign

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When the Internet Commerce Association announced that Phil Corwin was leaving the organization last week, I was unsure what he would be doing upon his departure. The ICA didn't announce Phil's career plans, and I figured we might hear from Phil via a LinkedIn update or something along those lines to learn why he left the ICA.

This afternoon, Phil announced that he will be working at Verisign, Inc. as its Policy Counsel. The news was announced via tweet:




This seems like an important role at the publicly traded company, and Phil's connections and knowledge of the industry should be a big help for him and for Verisign. I (more…) → Read More


ICA Seeking Nominees for 2018 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award

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Last year, the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) honored the memory of Lonnie Borck by naming an industry award in his memory. The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award is given each year to recognize an individual or organization for extraordinary efforts in championing the rights of domain name owners. The inaugural recipient in 2017 was David Weslow of Wiley Rein.

This year, the ICA is opening up the nomination process to the entire domain name industry. Domain investors and others who are active in the business of domain investing are invited to submit a nomination.  The ICA Leadership team will create a committee to review the nominations and the committee will select 3 nominees. ICA members will be polled to select the winner of the award from the nominees.

If you know someone who you believe is deserving of the award, please submit a nomination. Submissions should (more…) → Read More


Join The ICA for an Exclusive Dinner at NamesCon

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Foundation Room

There are just a handful of tickets left for the Internet Commerce Association's exclusive dinner at NamesCon. The dinner is on Monday, January 23, at The Foundation Room at the House of Blues, located in the Mandalay Bay Hotel. It starts at 6:45 pm, before Uniregistry's After Hours Party at Hakkasan nightclub, at the MGM.  The Foundation Room looks like a pretty incredible place and there will be lots of good food and an open bar.

The Internet Commerce Association is the lobby and industry association for the Domain Name investment community. Only 100 tickets were available, and ICA members were offered them first, but non-members can still get the remaining handful of tickets by signing up and paying the ticket price of $100, here via EventBrite.

Moreover, anyone who joins the ICA from now until the dinner, will get the dinner entirely for free, subject to ticket availability. Just contact the ICA's Operations Manager, Kamila Sekiewicz to make arrangements, or join the ICA as a member and the ICA will contact you.

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Daniel Law Named Interim ICA Executive Director

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internet-commerce-association-icaI just received an email from the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) announcing that Daniel Law, a co founder of Rook Media, and currently a principle with Heron Investments Ltd., is taking on the position as Executive Director of the trade organization on an interim basis. Previously, the ICA had been operating without an Executive Director.

As ICA membership and the organization's responsibilities have grown, this position has become increasingly important to fill.

Daniel will serve beside Philip Corwin, who has been the Counsel for the ICA for many years. In that role, Phil is responsible for lobbying on behalf of the ICA and helping to develop public positions and policies on behalf of the ICA. Daniel will also work closely with domain industry veteran Kamila Sekiewicz who serves as the ICA's Operations Manager.

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ICANN Seeking Volunteers for UDRP Review Working Group

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ICANN sent out a news alert yesterday calling for volunteers to participate on a new working group that will be created to "Review all Rights Protections Mechanisms in all generic top-level domains." Among other things, this working group will be tasked with potentially overhauling the UDRP and URS procedures. This could have major ramifications for domain investors and domain name portfolio operators.

A week ago, Phil Corwin from the Internet Commerce Association wrote an article on CircleID about the importance of this working group and the impact its findings and recommendations may have on domain owners and domain investors. Phil also published an informative blog post about the working group on the ICA's website. You should read both of these articles to get a better idea of why members of the domain investment community should consider participating on this working group.

Phil also commented to me about the importance in having solid representation among domain investors within this working group:

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