16 Apr '11, 1pm

New GuideBook For gTLD’s Is Published By ICANN & Open For Public Comment: The Domains: ICANN has just published...

The guidebook for URS is pretty well written. I am particularly concerned though about misuse/abuse of the URS to steal domains. The URS fee is a mere $300, peanuts. So complainants, theoretically, can cheaply use this process to steal domains in the hope of catching registrants off guard (who may inadvertently miss responding within the allotted time frame). Consequently, the bar needs to be set very high for any complainant, and with severe penalties for misuse of the URS. Read this from the guidebook … “The URS shall incorporate penalties for abuse of the process by trademark holders. (11.2) In the event a party is deemed to have filed two (2) abusive Complaints, or one (1) “deliberate material falsehood,” that party shall be barred from utilizing the URS for one-year.” ARE THEY JOKING? Barred for “one year” is meaningless! Unless there is a severe financial penalty plu...

Full article: http://www.thedomains.com/2011/04/16/new-guidebook-for-gt...

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