Tagged: Domain Names

ICANN and ICM Sued for Anti-Competitive Practices Relating to the Newly-Created .XXX Top Level Domain

The recent establishment of .XXX, a new Top-Level Domain Name (“TLD”) intended for adult-oriented content, has been met with some trepidation and sparked controversy from those within and outside of the adult-oriented industries. Although much has been made of the threat of .XXX cybersquatting relating to mainstream companies, institutions and brands, ironically, the first formal legal challenge to the .XXX TLD, comes from those within the adult industry.

New ICANN Electronic UDRP (“eUDRP”) Procedures for Domain Name Disputes

Last month, ICANN announced that its Board had approved changes to the Rules for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“Rules”) providing for electronic filing of UDRP documents. Under the modified Rules, electronic filing will become mandatory effective March 1, 2010. Both the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) and the National Arbitration Forum (“NAF”) were quick to implement the paperless filings. WIPO began accepting paperless filings on December 14, 2009. The WIPO eUDRP procedures are explained in its new Supplemental Rules, Model Complaint and Filing Guidelines.