25 Sep '12, 11pm

ICANN's RFI for the URS - OK, but 2 big questions remain

On September 24th ICANN issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit bids from potential Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) providers. The announcement can be found at http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-8-24sep12-en.htm and a link is provided to the RFI itself. Qualified arbitration providers have until November 20th to submit a response, and ICANN hopes to publish a list of selected providers by February 28, 2013. ICA has been asking ICANN to commence URS implementation for more than a year, and has been generally skeptical of unsubstantiated feedback from WIPO and NAF that they cannot arbitrate slam-dunk, know-it-when-you-see-it infringement cases for the desired price point of $300-500 dollars. So we are pleased that ICANN is finally getting the ball rolling and that we will get some market price testing of the true cost of implementing URS – but i...

Full article: http://internetcommerce.org/URS_RFI

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