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I hope all of my fellow Americans enjoy a wonderful July 4th holiday weekend. I know most of you will be celebrating in one way or another through Sunday but here is something that is very important for you to do first thing Monday, if you don't have an opportunity to do it before then. In fact Monday will be you final opportunity to do it. I'm talking about Monday (July 6) being the deadline for you to help yourself and everyone else in the industry by posting a comment to ICANN opposing recommendations made in the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) Report.

In a nutshell, if ICANN adopts the recommendations made by the IRT committee (that was stacked with representatives of trademark interests) you will lose the small amount of protection you still have against over-reaching trademark holders through the current UDRP system. It would be replaced by a new URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension) system that would make it far easier for someone who has designs on your assets to put you out of business

Internet Commerce Association Legal Counsel Phil Corwin has written a concise letter detailing what is involved and what is at stake that you can read here. If you wish you can take his commentary on the issues that are of the greatest concern to you and use those in your own post to ICANN. To leave your comment just send it in an email to this


address: irt-final-report@icann.org (put whatever you wish in the Subject line - something as simple as IRT Comment will work). You will get an e-mail back from ICANN asking you to confirm your submission. Be sure to respond to that email with your confirmation, otherwise your comments will not be posted for ICANN to take into consideration. You can see what others have already posted to ICANN here. Some of the best commentary on this issue has consistently come from George Kirikos as you can see in this example

In Corwin's letter he also notes that he is planning to attend an ICANN "consultation" meeting on their proposed new global TLDs on Monday, July 13 in New York City (similar meetings will be held in three other cities around the world over the next month and those locations and dates are also in Phil's letter). The new gTLD program is the back door TM interests are using to try to get IRT recommendations inserted into contracts for the original extensions, .com, .net and .org. Corwin is hopeful that domainers and other interested parties in the area will also attend and asks you to advise him if you will be there by dropping him an mail at pcorwin@butera-andrews.com.

Corwin noted "We know that the trademark community is actively encouraging its members to attend and speak out at these consultations, so it is vitally important that the domain investment community, as well as the many other constituencies and organizations that have raised strong concerns about the IRT process and recommendations, be in attendance as well. Freedom is never free. Please take the time this weekend to send

ICA Legal Counsel Phil Corwin

a comment to ICANN, and please consider attending one of the upcoming global consultations because those who would diminish registrant rights are already planning to do so."

Barbara Neu

One other note today - with help from her son RayBarbara Neu has posted hundreds of cool photos from the last two T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences on Photobucket. They put you right in the middle of the action at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley show (held in Santa Clara, California in April) and the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs conference that was staged last month in Amsterdam

As you probably know, Barbara is the wife of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. co-founder Howard Neu. What you might not know is that she has a terrific photographic eye and somehow seems to be everywhere at once using her camera to document conference festivities. I often borrow shots from her to supplement our own conference coverage. Now you can see all of the pictures that were left on the "cutting room floor" so to speak.

Check out Barbara's Amsterdam photos here: photobucket.com/TRAFFICccTLDs2009 
and her Silicon Valley shots here: photobucket.com/santaclara2009.
For both galleries, you can click the Slide Show link on the upper right of each page then sit back and watch the good times roll! Speaking of good times have a great holiday weekend and we will see you back here on Monday.

(Posted July 3, 2009) 

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