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ICA on the Record at ICANN Buenos Aires by Philip Corwin, Internet Commerce Association

Internet Commerce Association logoThe following remarks were delivered to ICANN’s Board and senior staff by ICA Counsel Philip Corwin during the Public Forum (buenosaires48.icann.org/en/schedule/thu-public-forum) held on the afternoon of Thursday, November 21st at the 48th ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

Good afternoon. Philip Corwin, speaking on behalf of the Internet Commerce Association, which I am proud to represent on the Business Constituency [BC].

As the new gTLD program launches there will be a focus on the operation of the new rights protection mechanisms – the RPMs.

We know that trademark owners will be watching. But so will registrants. And their perception of whether domains at new gTLDs have secure legal status, whether they are protected from abusive hijacking and can provide a sound foundation for business and speech, will impact the long-term success of the program.

ICA remains concerned that the Trademark Claims Notice is still flawed. We filed comments on this but no changes were made.

We will be watching to see how receipt of that flawed Claims Notice bears on the question of whether a domain registration was made in bad faith, which will arise in both URS and UDRP actions filed against domains at new gTLDs. That will be up to the arbitration providers, who may well reach different conclusions. This again points out the need for a better agreement between ICANN and URS providers than the current two-page MOU.

There also should be a standard enforceable agreement between ICANN and UDRP providers, a position endorsed by the BC. In September the BC sent a letter to ICANN that raised questions about the UDRP Status Report issued the day after the Durban meeting ended. Two months later the BC is still waiting for a response.

So, absolutely, trademark rights must be protected. But registrant rights must be protected as well, through fair, consistent, and balanced application of the new RPMs and the UDRP.

Thank you.

[Note: As the official transcript of the Public Forum is not yet available, this statement has been transcribed from the speaker’s outline for his remarks.]

This posting was sourced with permission from the Internet Commerce Association website at:

Internet Governance Takes Center Stage at ICANN’s Buenos Aires Meeting

[ICANN news release] The future of Internet governance took on a new priority at the opening of ICANN’s 48th Public Meeting, ahead of an April conference on Internet governance in Brazil. More than 1,700 people from around the world are attending the ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires.”ICANN is part of an ecosystem, and the environment around us affects us” said ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé. “We have to be engaged. It doesn’t mean we leave behind our responsibilities. It doesn’t mean we increase our responsibilities, but we have to also be active participants in the ecosystem, this is central to the multistakeholder success on a global level.”Communications Secretary and Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Argentina, Juan Manuel Abal Medina, Jr., stressed the importance of keeping up with a rapidly growing network. “We have a human resource deficit. We must design public policies that will help us overcome these obstacles in terms of growth.”
During the Annual General Meeting, ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker remarked on the groundbreaking work of the community of Internet organizations in bringing the issue of governance to the forefront through the Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation.”We have to have a more inclusive framework. We have to have the participation from everybody – civil society, academia, business, et cetera,” said Crocker. “And if we don’t preserve that and we don’t preserve that inclusiveness, then we will redefine – which is a very polite word for ‘do enormous damage to’ – the most inclusive communications system that man has ever devised.”During the Buenos Aires Meeting, which is also ICANN’s Annual General Meeting, Chehadé outlined the organization’s accomplishments over the past year and also praised the success of the New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLDs) Program. So far, 24 new top-level domains have been delegated into the Domain Name System (DNS).”Today, we can celebrate the success. The gTLD program is off the ground,” remarked Chehadé. “In fact, we have added more new gTLDs to the root today than all the gTLDs in the history of ICANN.”
ICANN also announced that Lesley Cowley, the CEO at the U.K. registry Nominet, is the winner of the first Leadership Award. The organization also announced plans to create a new award to honor community members called the Multistakeholder Ethos Award. The first Ethos award will be presented at the next ICANN meeting in Singapore.Also during the Buenos Aires meeting, the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) and ICANN announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Under the memorandum, ICANN and KISA will closely collaborate on engagement efforts in Korea and implement a pilot project to promote language localization efforts in the region.ICANN’s 48th Public Meeting in Buenos Aires will continue through Thursday.

ICANN Going To Argentina In November 2013, Then Singapore, London, North America in 2014

ICANN have announced they will be heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 17 to 21 November 2013 for the 48th of their thrice yearly meetings.As per usual there was a call for interested parties to host the meeting. One location application was received, but ICANN deemed this unsuitable as it did not have all of the facilities needed to host an ICANN Meeting.So subsequently ICANN staff undertook a search and settled on Buenos Aires according to the minutes of the Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of 20 December.For 2013, meetings will be held in Beijing, China, from 7 to 11 April and then Durban, South Africa, from 14 to 18 July.Looking at 2014, ICANN has decided to hold its meetings in London, Singapore and a yet to be determined location in North America. Possibly due to the difficulty in finding hosts for the meetings, the board decided on the above locations. But it appears that there might not have been much public consultation for the 2014 meetings, which ICANN is not required to do but has done as part of its community engagement.The lack of likely suitable hosts interested in hosting future meetings, in part due to the costs involved, were reasons ICANN undertook to consolidate the number of locations where meetings would be held in the from 2015 and beyond.Looking at 2015 and beyond, ICANN requested comments on its Consolidated Meetings Strategy proposal earlier in 2012. The Public Participation Committee, under its charter to increase public awareness of, and participation in the affairs of ICANN, will oversee the creation and activities of a Multistakeholder Meeting Strategy Working Group that will examine the design, frequency and regional rotation of future meetings and conferences.