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  1. #1
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    Suit Filed Against Icann And Verisign

    I'm proud to be a board member of WADND and am thrilled to share this tidbit with you guys. It has big implications for all domainers!
    Respectfully,
    Jeff Reynolds


    ICANN AND VERISIGN SUED FOR PRICE FIXING AND MONOPOLIZING THE “.COM” DOMAIN NAME MARKET

    San Jose, California:
    ICANN (the corporation that maintains the database for all internet domain names) and VeriSign (ICANN’s subcontractor for the “.com” and “.net” domain names) are named defendants in a law suit filed in federal court in San Jose, California, today, alleging that the two have engaged in antitrust activities, including conspiracy, monopolization, illegal price fixing and monopolizing “.com” and “.net” domain name markets. The suit alleges that the two are on the verge of entering “an unlawful agreement [that] gives VeriSign a permanent monopoly over the all ‘.com’ and ‘.net’ internet domain name registrations.”

    “This agreement would permanently fix the price of registering any ‘.com’ or ‘.net’ domain name far above what a free market would otherwise bear,” said Patrick Cathcart of Cathcart, Collins & Kneafsey LLP who filed the suit.

    “It also guarantees annual price increase at double the rate of inflation. There is no legitimate reason for these price increases. ICANN and VeriSign are trying to take advantage of the lack of government oversight and line their pockets at the expense of consumers,” said Cathcart.

    ICANN (or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the California Corporation that maintains the database of all internet domain names (such as www.amazon.com). The ICANN/VeriSign contract, known as the 2005 Registry Agreement would extend VeriSign’s control of the “.com” and “.net” portions of the internet database.

    Complaint here: http://wadnd.com/Complaint(ver4).pdf

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    so what is the next thing that's going to happen?

    like what is the procedure after what you've filed?
    Learn about the domain deletion cycle

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    It is great that someone has filed a lawsuit.

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    Last edited by actnow; 2005-11-28 at 11:14 AM.

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    Yeah..LOL..guess I'm not exactly the chatty type, but did think this was important enough to share.

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    Good luck!
    Vidi, Vici, Veni!

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    There are factual errors in the Statement of Claim with regards to .net. See:

    http://www.icann.org/tlds/agreements...nt-01jul05.pdf

    Section 7.3, and compare with paragraph 41 of the Statement of Claim. Sloppy work, that ICANN and VeriSign's lawyers will have a field day with.
    George Kirikos - (416) 588-0269
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    It appears you are not alone

    The Coalition for ICANN Transparency Inc. (CFIT)

    http://www.cfit.info/press2.html

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    Originally posted by gpmgroup
    It appears you are not alone

    The Coalition for ICANN Transparency Inc. (CFIT)

    http://www.cfit.info/press2.html
    Both organizations seem to share at least one director name - Howard Neu.

    FYI - this one looks to be a trade group set up as as a 501 (c) (6) tax exempt organization. Two levels of supporters may be established. The fist level of supporter will pay $50,000 to earn that status and will be "elected" to the board of directors. Second level supporters will be members through donating money (deductible as a business expense) time, services etc. All supporters can vote but only level one supporters can nominate a board member and only the board votes on new board members. All supporters can vote on other topics but that vote can be rejected by a vote of level one supporters.

    Bottom line - other than the directors named in the amendment to the articles of incorporation dated yesterday who do not have to qualify through a $50,000 donation , if you are invited to pay $50,000 (deductible as a business expense), you can have your domain interests pushed by this not for profit corporation. This will be an organization that will support the goals of its paying board by the nature of its structure.

    I am not involved with this newly formed group and this is a brief summary I developed through a quick read of their incorporation documents.
    Last edited by Fundraiser; 2005-11-28 at 10:28 PM.

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    Originally posted by gpmgroup
    It appears you are not alone

    The Coalition for ICANN Transparency Inc. (CFIT)

    http://www.cfit.info/press2.html

    We are working very closely with CFIT and there are some things going on behind the scenes that I am not at liberty to discuss at the moment. Both lawsuits being filed on the same day may not be just a coincidence.
    Last edited by Rick Schwartz; 2005-11-28 at 11:59 PM.

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    Round 1 goes to ICANN:

    http://www.icann.org/announcements/a...nt-30nov05.htm

    A US Federal Judge has ruled in ICANN’s favor and denied an application for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against ICANN sought by industry group CFIT in the US District Court, Northern District of California.

    The application for a TRO was an attempt to block the proposed settlement of a long-standing dispute between ICANN and VeriSign.

    ICANN continues to seek comment from the public and its various stakeholder groups on the proposed settlement during this week’s ICANN meetings taking place in Vancouver, Canada.
    Vidi, Vici, Veni!

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    That ruling was not on the WADND lawsuit, but was in response to a TRO request from another group - CFIT. Winning TROs is generally very difficult, so no big surprises there.

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    EC opens investigation into dotcom contract

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/12...investigation/

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    spank that .com cfit.info

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