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Breaking News: CCIN Joins ICANN Business Constituency


Castello Cities Internet Network, owners and operators of geo websites,,,,, and many other great Internet properties, has been accepted into the ICANN Business Constituency. The Business Constituency is made up of Internet leaders such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Walt Disney, Ebay, and several other prominent companies. This is good news for the domain investment and development community, as CCIN has proven to be a leader in this space.

I had the chance to chat with David today:

EJS: As Chief Operating Officer of CCIN, how do you hope to contribute to the Business Constituency, and what does your company bring to the table?

David Castello:CCIN develops domain names into successful, business entities. One of our priorities is to protect the property rights of professional domainers and developers. The current Bad Faith clause in UDRP arbitration must be maintained and not diluted. If anything, it should be strengthened to put more burden of proof on the Complainant. Over 80% of all UDRP arbitration ends in transferring the domain name. Of course, many of these complaints are totally justified and we are opposed to those who would purposely infringe on another’s trademark. However, we are also opposed to those who may wish to broaden trademark powers to the point where it would infringe on the property rights of generic domain name owners and leave them susceptible to reverse domain name hijacking.

I believe David and his brother Michael have the knowledge, experience and personality that will allow them to transcend the invisible line that often pits domain investors against others in the Internet community. The Castello Brothers’ strong and rationale voice is a big win for the domain investment and development community, and I think it’s great that they are representing us in the Business Constituency.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (7)


    Great move!

    May 22nd, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    David J Castello

    Thank you Elliot for the great write up. Your readers should also know that the Internet Commerce Association was also accepted as a member. Between the two of us, we aim to do as much as possible to protect the rights of all ethical domainers.

    May 22nd, 2008 at 4:59 pm


    Glad to hear the news. Best of luck in your new venture David.

    May 22nd, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Ed - Michigan


    Thanks for you willingness to give time to further
    our industry with your savy reputations.

    thanks Elliot,

    Ed – Michigan

    May 22nd, 2008 at 8:51 pm


    Congratulations David, this is excellent news for domain investors and a much needed perspective and voice.

    May 23rd, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Tim Davids

    congrats…great news for us all…kudos to “the brothers” for all the hard work your doing

    May 24th, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Gary Ashton

    This is fantastic news. Congratulations. Goood to have two people with vision being able to share their views.

    Gary :)

    May 24th, 2008 at 9:24 am

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