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Defensive Dilemma

FairWinds Partners —  February 17, 2012

As a gTLD Strategy reader, you know what’s up when it comes to “defensive” new gTLD applications. You know they have nothing to do with protecting your trademarks or brands against cybersquatters – there are plenty of trademark protections and objection procedures laid out in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook that will prevent opportunists from cybersquatting at the top level, not to mention the fact that the complexity and cost of the application both act as more or less insurmountable obstacles for squatters. Continue Reading…

On Thursday, December 8, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will host a full committee hearing on “ICANN’s Expansion of Top-Level Domains.”

According to the Committee’s website, the hearing will “examine the merits and implications of this new program and ICANN’s continuing efforts to address concerns raised by the Internet community.” The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse, the non-profit that FairWinds co-founded in 2007 as an advocate for brand owners in both U.S. and international legislation, has been working with Commerce Committee leaders to prepare for the hearing. CADNA has provided the Committee with background information on the New gTLD Program, and has discussed various issues that may be raised during the hearing. Continue Reading…