Daily Wrap: WIPO’s Draconian Cybersquatting Desires And Africa’s Paltry gTLD Applications

“Domain name owners who do not respond to cybersquatting complaints could automatically have their domains suspended, if the World Intellectual Property Organization gets its way,” reports Domain Incite.

The story comes from ICANN documents released following a request from the Internet Commerce Association and the documents relate to the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy, which will be binding on all new gTLDs.

In ICANN’s recent generic Top Level Domain expansion, there were four geographic applications from the African continent along with a few applications for brands such as M-Net and MultiChoice, for a “paltry” total of 13 gTLDs in English writes Howard Rybko, CEO of the South African Web design and content management company Syncrony in Tech Central.