Policy Counselor
ICANN 53:  Accountability, Brand Policy & New Round of New gTLDs
In June, MarkMonitor joined our colleagues once again at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 53rd public meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Several high-profile and contentious issues were on the agenda, many of which have significant impact on the interests of intellectual property and brand owners.  Among these are the ongoing ICANN Accountability issues and the impending departure of ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé; registrant information (Whois) transparency, accuracy and accessibility; and the timing of the next round of new gTLD applications/delegation. ICANN Accountability and a new CEO In May, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé announced his departure, effective in... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Director
Is .SUCKS Pricing Model Gaining Traction With Other Registries?
Until the launch of the New gTLD Program, TLD launches were relatively straightforward.  They generally consisted of a Sunrise Period, a Landrush Phase, and then General Availability.  We would see the occasional Grandfather Phase or “Founders” program, but all in all, launches were pretty standard and straightforward. Things started to change with the launch of the new gTLD program.  Not only did the volume of launches increase, causing brand owners to make tough decisions about what and where to register, we were introduced to new launch phases, including Early Access Programs (EAP) and controversial pricing models.  When the .SUCKS registry announced... Read More
Policy Counselor
Fadi Chehadé Announces His Departure – What’s Next for Businesses at ICANN?
Last week, the CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé, announced his intention to leave his position in March 2016, after almost four years as head of the organization.  He plans to take a position in private industry, outside of the domain name space.  Although the impact to the business community is unclear at this point, Chehadé’s departure throws a spotlight on how important ICANN leadership can be in ensuring that business and brand interests maintain their voice in the Internet governance sphere. The announcement was surprising to many, as Chehadé has spent his tenure intensely focused on long term goals, including shepherding... Read More
When we originally heard about Vox Populi's plans to offer .SUCKS sunrise registrations for $25,000, we were outraged. We understand better than anyone that registries can charge whatever they want, and that registrars must mark up those fees to recover their costs for integration, registration, and ongoing management. All that said, their original pricing seemed extortionate to brand owners. I was extremely hopeful when I heard that their plan to charge $25,000 had been changed, and that a new pricing structure would be introduced. Honestly, I was expecting to see sunrise fees on the order of $100 to $200 dollars. And... Read More
MarkMonitor recently joined our colleagues and friends  at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 52nd public meeting in Singapore.  As promised, the ICANN community has a lot on its plate for 2015, and at this first full meeting of the year, we are all jumping into the work with both feet. Here are some of the main issues for brand owners:  Sorting out the long-awaited transition from U.S. Government oversight to a truly multi-stakeholder model of governance; ensuring Registrant data (Whois) accuracy, accessibility and privacy (where appropriate); launching reviews of the new gTLD program; and protecting/preserving the robust... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More