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New ICANN Domain Transfer Policy Effective on December 1

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ICANN LogoDid you know there is a new domain name transfer and registrant change policy that is being implemented by ICANN on December 1, 2016? You can read the full transfer policy on ICANN's website.

In addition, OpenSRS published a blog post about the policy change. Here is how the company stated that these changes will impact its customers:

Any changes to first name, last name, organization or email address fields for the owner of any gTLD domain name will now start a trade process
The process involves obtaining explicit confirmation from current and new registrants before a change can be completed
After a change of registrant has been completed, previous and new registrant need to receive notifications about the change, with no option of reversing the change
After a change of registrant has been completed, the domain is by default locked for transfers to a new registrar for the following 60 days

I believe this change is going to impact many of us who regularly buy and sell domain names.

One of the most obvious ways this will → Read More


ICANN Comments on Contract Expiration

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There has been a ton of political and mainstream discussion about the expiring IANA contract between ICANN and the US government. Despite some last minute efforts to thwart the transition, the contract has officially expired. I am not into political discussion and debate, so I stayed away from writing about this topic.

I am on ICANN's news distribution list (you should also sign up for ICANN news), and I want to share the news release ICANN sent out this morning announcing the transition of the stewardship of IANA functions. You can also read it directly on the ICANN website. Personally, I don't think Internet users (or domain investors) will see any changes with this transition.

Here is ICANN's email from this morning: (more…) → Read More


ICANN Seeking Volunteers for UDRP Review Working Group

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ICANN sent out a news alert yesterday calling for volunteers to participate on a new working group that will be created to "Review all Rights Protections Mechanisms in all generic top-level domains." Among other things, this working group will be tasked with potentially overhauling the UDRP and URS procedures. This could have major ramifications for domain investors and domain name portfolio operators.

A week ago, Phil Corwin from the Internet Commerce Association wrote an article on CircleID about the importance of this working group and the impact its findings and recommendations may have on domain owners and domain investors. Phil also published an informative blog post about the working group on the ICA's website. You should read both of these articles to get a better idea of why members of the domain investment community should consider participating on this working group.

Phil also commented to me about the importance in having solid representation among domain investors within this working group:

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ICANN CEO Application Deadline Approaching

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According to a news release this past May, current ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé "will be concluding his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new career." Because of his pending departure, ICANN is now seeking candidates for the CEO position, and the application deadline is Sunday, September 20, 2015.




ICANN's website has a (more…) → Read More


Reset Your ICANN Website Password

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It looks like ICANN has reason to believe that passwords and account information for users registered on its ICANN.org website have been hacked. I am on the ICANN email list, and I received a password reset email from the organization with information about why this reset is being requested.

Because of the importance of this matter, I am publishing the email that I received. I presume that people with ICANN online accounts have also received the same email. (more…) → Read More


Namecheap Launches RespectOurPrivacy.com

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Namecheap has teamed up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Fight for the Future to launch RespectOurPrivacy.com, a website that informs people about a potential policy change to the Whois database that ICANN is considering. A Whois change could eliminate domain privacy and proxy services for domain name registrations, and that could have a serious repercussions for many domain owners and business owners.

When you visit the RespectOurPrivacy.com website, you are given information about how you can "let ICANN know that you object to any release of personal information without a court order." Visitors are able to submit comments directly to ICANN via the website, and I was told more than 5,000 comments were already submitted to ICANN over the weekend, and over 360 voicemails were left.

According to the website, here is the issue at hand: (more…) → Read More


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