The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) advocates for the rights and interests of domain name owners and related service providers. They recently held their first ever meeting via webinar open to the public, with ~100 attendees, and we’re publishing it here for all!
Listen to ICA Executive Director Kamila Sekiewicz & ICA General Counsel Zak Muscovitch discuss:
5:09 – 17:54 The possible increase in .COM registration fees (Please forgive slight gap in recording)!
17:54 – 26:49 Jam-packed with info!
(i) The .ORG registry renewal
(ii) Policy making process at ICANN
(iii) Revisions to legacy extension registry agreements
(iv) Staff usurping the mandate of the RPM working group
(v) Differences between new gTLDs and legacy extensions
(vi) Impact of removing price caps on .org
(vii) Pricing policy arising from the differences between legacy extensions which were originally
created by the US Government for the public benefit and the new sponsored gTLD extensions
that were bought and paid for by for-profit businesses.
26:49 -32:37 The move by the Australian Domain Administration to further restrict domain name
investing and monetization in .AU domain names
32:37 – 39:05 Next Steps in UDRP Reform
39:05 – 45:15 Update on the IGO/INGO Rights Protection Mechanism Working Group
45:15 – 48:13 WhoIs information in the wake of GDPR
48:13 – 58:39 Q&A
(i) Could the auDA anti-domainer sentiment spread to other ccTLDs?
(ii) Who is representing the public interest in the question of .com pricing?
(iii) How important is it to standardize the legacy and new gTLD registry agreements?
(iv) Does .com have market power? Are .com prices artificially low and suppressing the new gTLDs?
(v) Is ICANN acting in the interests of registries not registrants when it comes to pricing?
(vi) What is the practical solution to the rising prices of .com?
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