TM Interests Create New Lobby Group to Fight DN 'Tasting' and 'Kiting'
Date: Monday July 30 2007, @05:25PM
Topic: USA Goverment Relations
Meet The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse, a new trade association with a mission to end "the systemic domain name abuses that plague the Internet today."
Recently, cybersquatting opportunists have employed two tactics called domain name tasting and domain name kiting as new means to the same abusive ends. Domain name tasting and kiting are deliberate exploitations of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 5-day Add Grace Period (AGP). This provision was intended to protect registrars from instances in which a registrant mistakenly registered a name he or she did not wish to keep or pay for. It was also meant to protect registrars when credit card transaction processors refused payment following notification of a lost or stolen credit card (a credit card charge back).
Despite its original intentions, the AGP affords cybersquatters the means to “taste” domain names by registering millions of names and examining the popularity of each within the 5-day window. This test period allows cybersquatters to pay only for the names that provide a satisfactory return on investment and return those that do not, free of charge. The AGP could also be used to “kite” domain names, essentially keeping a name for no cost by perpetually registering, dropping and reregistering a name.
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) is a registered 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Its objective is to facilitate dialogue, affect change, and spur action on the part of policymakers to address the gaps in both the law and ICANN policies that enable massive domain name abuse and consumer frauds. In doing so, CADNA seeks to decrease occurrences of cybersquatting in all of its forms by requesting anti-cybersquatting legislation updates and ICANN policy reforms.
With pro-abuse groups already organized in Washington and the recent election of new leadership in both houses of Congress, the time to act is now.
CADNA will work to educate the public, lobby the relevant agencies of jurisdiction in the United States government, and actively communicate with members of Congress. Through these activities CADNA aims to effectively exert pressure on ICANN, propose draft legislation to increase the statutory damages set forth in the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) to take decisive action on abuses by domain name registrars and registrants, and work with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to introduce an international anti-cybersquatting treaty.
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