Now that Bret is back from Accra, the icann.blog is back to providing interesting pointers. Here is one to the March minutes of the Intellectual Property Constituency.|
I post it here as I didn't figure it was worth a separate submission without further digging, but with regard to the UDRP I found this interesting:
II Treasurer's Report...In other branches of science, efficacy studies of pharmaceutical substances for example, the results of studies paid for by entities with an interest in the outcome are skewed in comparison to studies done by truly independent researchers. There is also the Hawthorne Effect to consider.
The IPC still has an outstanding payable to the Max Planck Institute for the UDRP study.
The rest of the minutes are also well worth reading. There is some info on the UDRP task force, see VII, B UDRP Review Task Force:
There was little or no support for an appeals process.And, while not to do with the UDRP, see XI ICANN Restructuring Proposal (regarding Lynn's Plan) in which ICANN Board member Jonathan Cohen states
There was support for a centralized database of pleadings and rulings.
There should be no precedential value of decisions.
No problems with languages.
The inadequacies of the WHOIS database make it impossible to prove a pattern of practice.
that he supports the proposal in principle and that there is broad support for the proposal on the BoardWhile I don't doubt that, BoD members had their poker faces on once the camera rolled at Accra.
The ccTLD situation has become highly politicized and ICANN is not equipped to handle this.But goverments are. Hence Lynn's proposal.
The chances of ensuring appropriate representation of intellectual property interests are much higher under this plan.Exactly. Who do you think has more access to your government's ear, you or the IP lobby? Hence Lynn's proposal.
Some current Board members will stay on to oversee the implementation of the new structure.Let me guess, surely they'll choose Karl over Boardsquatters, right?.
The new structure will likely take one year to implement.Slowly slowly catchee monkey.
Movement on the plan will likely be sooner, rather than later.
The U.S. DoC was not consulted on the fine details of the plan...
there was some doubt as to whether the DoC would renew the MoU if something were not done with regard to the structure of ICANN.
Finally, the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition was admitted as a member. What concern would they have with ICANN's mission? Listen kids, content control is coming. Big biz wants it, governments want it, and the best, perhaps the only, way to do it, is via a handy chokepoint, the names and numbers under ICANN's control. Hence Lynn's plan. -g