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Nat Cohen: Why I Support the ICA


This is a guest post about the Internet Commerce Association from domain investor Nat Cohen, President of Telepathy, Inc.

The Lord Giveth and the Lord taketh away.

For the domain industry, the part of the Lord is played by the U.S. Government and ICANN.

In the early days of the Internet, the U.S. Government policy allowed billions of dollars of domains to be registered on a first-come first-served basis for a registration fee per domain of $100 or less.

Those of us who benefited from this “landrush” know how fortunate we’ve been. Even those domainers who weren’t involved in the early days, benefit from the tremendous value inherent in domain names that is still not fully recognized.

But it is a mistake to confuse being lucky with being smart.

Being smart is taking full advantage of the good luck that comes your way and not taking it for granted. That is why I consider it smart to (more…) → Read More

Vanity Plate Advertising Auction to Support The Internet Commerce Association


Abdu Tarabichi, founder of Domainsville, created a unique auction on Ebay to raise funds for the non-profit Internet Commerce Association (ICA). Abdu is auctioning one year of advertising space as a vanity license plate on his silver 2012 Honda Civic, and all funds will be donated to the ICA.

Listed below are the terms of the auction, and if you are interested in the "naming rights" to Abdu's license plate, you must adhere to them: (more…) → Read More

ICANN Meeting in New York on July 13


ICANN LogoI just registered to attend the upcoming ICANN gTLD meeting in New York City on Monday, July 13, 2009. There is no cost to register for the event, and I recommend that domain owners in the New York area attend the meeting.

This may be the last chance to express your opinion, as a domain name owner, about the IRT and URS proposal. At the very least, it's a good opportunity to meet ICANN leaders and learn about how ICANN works.

Here are the details for the NY Meeting:

Date: July 13, 2009
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Hudson Theatre, Millennium Hotel - (145 West 44th Street, New York, NY)

If you can't make it to the NYC meeting, other meetings are scheduled for locations around the world, including London (July 15, 2009), Hong Kong (July 24, 2009) and Abu Dhabi (August 4, 2009). Again, it's free and easy to register online. → Read More

IRT Report & URS Comments


If you own a domain name, I implore you to read the IRT Proposal to form your own opinion of its contents. If you have any issues with it, please take a few moments to write a comment to ICANN - today is the final day to make your comments heard. You can also read other comments that were submitted.

It is my opinion that the Uniform Rapid Suspension System is dangerous to domain owners, and I submitted an email comment explaining why I believe this. The only way for my opinion to be heard is via the public comment forum, and I wanted ICANN and those who follow ICANN to see (and address) my issues.

While the odds are great that a URS dispute won't be filed against a domain name you own, it is very likely that one will be filed against someone who owns a generic domain name. Now is the final opportunity to provide your comments about the proposal - not 6 months or a year from now when a legitimate domain name or website is taken offline by an overzealous trademark attorney.

As I stated in my submission, I do believe the intent → Read More

Internet Commmerce Association Benefit Auction


During today's live Domain Roundtable auction, 10 domain names will be auctioned to benefit the Internet Commerce Association, and all proceeds from these 10 domain names will be donated to the organization that represents domain owners. These domain names were donated by a variety of individuals and domain companies. For those who are not in attendance at the show, bidding can be done online at the Aftermarket.com website.

ICA Auction Inventory:

•    Castaway.com
•    ParkingShare.com
•    SecureWeb.com
•    Deployed.com
•    Slices.org
•    LikeHer.net
•    SleepSafe.com
•    HolidayLoan.com
•    PlasticSurgeryWebsite.com
•    [TCI domain coming soon] → Read More

Domain Roundtable to Hold ICA Auction


Just received this notice and wanted to share it:

Washington, May 22, 2009 – The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) today announced that Thought Convergence, Inc. the owner and operator of the popular Domain Roundtable conference, taking place June 14-17 in Washington, DC, has graciously offered time during the Aftermarket.com premium domain auction to sell domains donated to the ICA by members and those wishing to support the advocacy group. The Aftermarket.com auction will be held during the conference on June 16th at 4p.m.EDT until 7p.m. EDT.

The ICA, a non-profit organization, is encouraging the domain community to donate domain names for this auction event. Applicants can submit their domains to the ICA by email to info_ica@internetcommerce.org. All of the proceeds from the domains sold in auction will go directly to supporting upcoming ICA initiatives, such as lobbying for domain owner rights in Washington and with ICANN. The domain donors who participate will receive a personal “thank you” on the ICA website and → Read More

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