ICANN gTLD Proposal – Good For ICANN Bank Account Or Benefit to Internet Users?

Remember when you were young, making mud pies in the backyard after a rain, and not really knowing what you would do with the pies afterwards? Yeah, well, that’s kind of what ICANN has done by proposing to open the floodgates for an unlimited expansion of generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Essentially, this is fancy verbiage which literally translates to ICANN being the big cheese of the Internet. The non-profit organization is supposed to bring order to the Internet, mediate disputes among domain owners and bank regulate generic top-level domains such as.com or.net.

As a trademark attorney, our clients face the constant struggle of trying to monitor use of their trademarks in domain names on a daily basis. This is a time consuming and costly process. It is also heart breaking for clients who have invested energy in creating a livelihood around a word or phrase, which is then used by someone else to pass-off similar or competing goods around the world. If this monitoring process is burdensome now, when there are only a few generic top-level domains, can you imagine what will happen when gTLDs can be completely individualized? It is mind blowing and probably the biggest mud pie anyone has ever made.

The President of the International Trademark Association, Richard Heath, recently communicated his position to the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives. Heath voiced the opinion of INTA that ICANN has not provided sufficient guidelines as to how trademark owners will be protected.

Heath’s communication can be viewed at: http://www.inta.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2015&Itemid=152&getcontent=3

INTA also communicated their position to the CEO of ICANN, Rod Beckstrom: http://www.inta.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2016&Itemid=152&getcontent=3

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Trademark owners need more assurance that their rights are going to be protected before any more gTLDs are created. Otherwise, it looks as though ICANN is merely trying to increase their relevance in the Internet world, as well as Registrars’ fees, rather than looking out for the interests of domain owners.

Remember when you were young, making mud pies in the backyard after a rain, and not really knowing what you would do with the pies afterwards? Yeah, well, that’s kind of what ICANN has done by proposing to open the floodgates for an unlimited expansion of generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Essentially, this is fancy verbiage which literally translates to ICANN being the big cheese of the Internet. The non-profit organization is supposed to bring order to the Internet, mediate disputes among domain owners and bank regulate generic top-level domains such as.com or.net.

As a trademark attorney, our clients face the constant struggle of trying to monitor use of their trademarks in domain names on a daily basis. This is a time consuming and costly process. It is also heart breaking for clients who have invested energy in creating a livelihood around a word or phrase, which is then used by someone else to pass-off similar or competing goods around the world. If this monitoring process is burdensome now, when there are only a few generic top-level domains, can you imagine what will happen when gTLDs can be completely individualized? It is mind blowing and probably the biggest mud pie anyone has ever made.

The President of the International Trademark Association, Richard Heath, recently communicated his position to the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives. Heath voiced the opinion of INTA that ICANN has not provided sufficient guidelines as to how trademark owners will be protected.

Heath’s communication can be viewed at: http://www.inta.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2015&Itemid=152&getcontent=3

INTA also communicated their position to the CEO of ICANN, Rod Beckstrom: http://www.inta.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2016&Itemid=152&getcontent=3

Trademark owners need more assurance that their rights are going to be protected before any more gTLDs are created. Otherwise, it looks as though ICANN is merely trying to increase their relevance in the Internet world, as well as Registrars’ fees, rather than looking out for the interests of domain owners.

Pie anyone?

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