Irp

  • Could ICANN reject Verisign’s $135m .web bid?

    …, or it’s not particularly impatient about the case progressing. Meanwhile, fellow .web applicant Afilias has demanded for the second time that ICANN hand over .web to it, as the second-highest bidder, throwing out the NDC/Verisign application. In a September 9 letter, published last night, Afilias told ICANN to “disqualify and reject” NDC’s…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 13 readers -
  • Spurned applicant crowd-funding to fight ICANN for .gay gTLD

    … The community-driven applicant for .gay is attempting to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars via crowd-funding to challenge a series of adverse decisions that look set to lock it out of running the gTLD. Alongside the fundraising, dotgay LLC has launched an extraordinary broadside at its frustrators, accusing ICANN of “discrimination…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 20 readers -
  • ICANN lawyers slam “fire him” story “blogger”

    … had breached its transparency and accountability bylaws. The board resolution did not say what is going to happen to Dot Registry’s four new gTLD applications, due to lack of guidance from the IRP panel. But it did contain a surprising retaliation against Chris Williams, a reporter for online news site The Register, referring to “factual…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
  • $41m auction loser tries to slam brakes on .shop

    … Lawyer-happy gTLD applicant Commercial Connect has put GMO Registry’s $41 million purchase of the new gTLD .shop in jeopardy by filing an appeal with ICANN. On January 26 — the day before the .shop auction — the Connecticut-based company filed an Independent Review Process complaint with ICANN, asking a panel of judges to enjoin ICANN from…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 14 readers -
  • ICANN win leaves door open for plural gTLD rethink

    … ICANN has fought off an appeal by .webs gTLD applicant Vistaprint, in a case that considered the coexistence of singular and plural gTLDs. While ICANN definitively won the Independent Review Process case, the IRP panel nevertheless invited its board of directors to consider whether Vistaprint should be given a chance to appeal a decision…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 4 readers -
  • Anger as ICANN’s member flops before board

    … ICANN’s board of directors came to blows with its key accountability working group this week, over proposals that would give the ICANN the community the right to sue ICANN the organization. An extraordinary three-hour teleconference between the board and the Cross Community Working Group of Enhancing Accountability (CCWG) Tuesday night came…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 8 readers -
  • Booking.com uses .africa precedent to challenge .hotels ruling

    … to their potential for visual confusion. The two strings are heading to auction where the winner will likely have to fork out millions. In a missive to ICANN (pdf) last week, Booking.com outside attorney Flip Petillion said that the .africa IRP ruling shows that ICANN has revisit its decision-making over .hotels. The letter highlights a wider issue — how…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 5 readers -
  • Breaking: DCA’s .africa bid officially unrejected by ICANN

    … ICANN’s board of directors has un-rejected DotConnectAfrica’s application for the new gTLD .africa. The board held an emergency meeting this morning to consider last Friday’s Independent Review Process decision, which said ICANN’s handling of DCA’s bid was not consistent with its bylaws. Speaking at the Internet Governance Forum USA…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
  • New gTLD program thrown into chaos as ICANN loses .africa case

    … relating to the .AFRICA gTLD were inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of ICANN. It also unanimously ruled that ICANN should un-reject DCA’s application and allow it to continue through the application process and that ICANN should bear the full $600,000+ cost of the IRP, not including DCA’s legal fees. It’s an important…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 12 readers -
  • Panel slaps ICANN in .africa case

    … A panel of arbitrators had some stern words for ICANN as it handed controversial .africa gTLD applicant DotConnectAfrica another win in its Independent Review Process case. In a 33-page procedural ruling (pdf) published by ICANN late Friday, the IRP panel disagreed with ICANN’s lawyers on almost every argument they made, siding with DCA instead…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 1 readers -
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