The nominations for the 2021 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award are now open. This will be the award’s fifth year, second since the award’s scope was expanded to honor those whose contributions have fostered a sense of community within the domain name industry. This change reflects
Do you know what belongs in a purchase agreement? What rights are you selling? What liabilities are you assuming? How will disputes be resolved? Are you acquiring full rights to the domain name you are purchasing? All these are questions that should be addressed in a domain name purchase
The Internet Commerce Association published a statement on CircleID which sets out the ICA’s perspective on the question of whether the URS is appropriate to apply to the .com and .net registries. The URS was designed for new gTLDs not .com and .net and has been shown to be unpopular with both
Giuseppe Graziano is the founder and CEO at LXME – Lisbon Media, the company that operates the investor-only domain trading platform LMX.com and GGRG Brokerage & Consulting. Name: Giuseppe Graziano Company: LXME – Lisbon Media Favorite Domain: Lisbon.com Favorite Industry
Todd Han is the founder, president, and CEO of Dynadot, an ICANN accredited registrar and web hosting company. Todd founded Dynadot, headquartered in San Mateo in 2002, and the company later opened several international offices in Zhengzhou, Beijing, and Toronto. Todd was born in Taiwan and
In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed with the Internet Commerce Association’s position that under certain conditions, a generic .com domain name can obtain a trademark registration, albeit a very weak one, overruling the position advanced by the U.S. Patent and
Should generic .com domain names never be entitled to trademark protection? When a domain name like booking.com is identified as a brand by the public, should it still be denied trademark protection as a matter of law? The ICA takes a position on this difficult question in an amicus brief submitted
Your .COM domain name is going to cost over 30% more unless ICANN, the group in charge of the domain name system, listens to the public and changes its mind about price increases. We created a tool to help you submit your viewpoint to ICANN. It takes 30 seconds! Use the tool here. ICANN sets...
The ICA submitted its comment to ICANN in connection with the Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement. ICA voices its concerns as to the effectiveness of ICANN’s Public Comment process in general as well as demonstrates that ICANN allowing Verisign to charge more for .COM domains
Jack Kalfayan is the the founder and CEO of Apex Moon, a domain acquisition and brokerage firm that specializes in premium top-level domain names. Jack’s been in the domain industry for over 6 years and has completed sales on the buying and selling side, totaling 8 figures USD. Jack was born
It’s very easy to sleepwalk through life thinking others will contribute to worthy causes. It’s convenient to lull yourself into believing that a small contribution won’t make a difference, but I can assure you that’s not the case. We have a terrific organized public voice that speaks to rights of domain registrants and that is the ICA. I encourage you all to make a small donation to the organization, as I do, so that your children will have a great name industry to prosper in – as you have.
Over the past decade or so we domain owners have seen some remarkable industry achievements for which ICA was the main or a significant contributor. Without the ongoing efforts of our Counsel, Zak Muskovitch and the Board of ICA, every domain owner would be significantly worse off today. It is important that we continue to build the groundswell of support for the ICA as it works to protect domain registrants’ rights and educate the community about the legitimate status of domain owners and their domain assets. There is absolutely no doubt that investment in ICA is indeed important and invaluable. We thank all involved for the time and effort expended on our behalf.
The domain name industry is a young one and needs more community of domain investors. It’s not really enough for us to just get together and talk business. We need eyes on the policy makers. Being a member of the ICA separates those who are merely interested in the domain industry with those who view the domain industry as their long-term career. I highly recommend that any serious domain investor join for a year, converse with the membership, work on a Working Group. Get involved. Don’t be insular – engage with the industry association community.
NameCorp is extremely proud to support the ICA. Zak and Nat (and everybody else) have (literally) saved the industry millions of dollars over the years and continue to fight daily for domain owner’s rights. Their unwavering dedication is something we must not just admire, but also support financially. Almost every valuable asset in this world has a group to protect its rights. Domain names are no different. Many are extremely valuable, some priceless. Those rights should never be taken for granted. We need people like Zak, Nat, Daniel, Jeremiah (and now Kamila) to fight the battle others won’t or can’t. Cinderella said it best “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”. Just donate already.
We joined the ICA because we firmly believe in protecting the rights of domain registrants. Whether you own one domain or thousands of domains, you deserve to have your rights as a domain owner respected and protected. We live in a world where there are a number of well-funded, well-connected stakeholder groups with a lot of influence who don’t always understand or value individual domain registrant rights.
I support the ICA because the ICA helps protect my livelihood. ICA has been effective in preventing damaging policies from seeing the light of day. It advocates on behalf on businesses in the domain industry at ICANN, before Congress, through the judicial system and in the media. I fully believe that our industry would be in much worse shape today were it not for the efforts of the ICA.
I joined the ICA for a very simple reason – I see domain names as an asset class for me and many other people that I know, and I want to make sure they remain an asset class for years to come. We are living in a world that is constantly changing, the Internet itself is changing at a more rapid pace than ever before, and the ICA is the organization that looks after domain investors’ rights amidst all this change.
Sedo.com joined the Internet Commerce Association as a founding member in 2006 because we felt that a thriving, active marketplace for domains could only exist if the web was operated under a transparent and predictable set of rules that respected the rights and investments made by domain registrants. Protecting the due process rights of registrants protects the foundation of an open market where domains can be bought and sold between responsible owners.
The ICA plays a vital role in speaking out on behalf of our industry. Zak Muscovitch is tireless and dedicated in his advocacy to protect registrant rights and in providing a voice on policy matters for the industry at large. Those in the domain industry should rally around and support the ICA. Let your voice be heard by joining your friends and colleagues in an organization focused on protecting the rights and interests of the domain name community.