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Time to respond to URS complaints reduced to 14 days (from 20). We oppose this change.

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  • Subject: Time to respond to URS complaints reduced to 14 days (from 20). We oppose this change.
  • From: George Kirikos <gkirikos@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2010 13:23:40 -0800 (PST)

Once again, ICANN inexplicably acts against the interests of domain name 
registrants and reduced the time to respond to URS complaints from 20 days to 
days (see pages 5 and 7 of the URS draft). We oppose this change, as it denies 
applicants sufficient time to obtain a lawyer, and also is inconsistent with 
ensuring that registrants receive even actual notice of a complaint (e.g. if a 
registrant is on holidays).

We proposed that the time to respond be a function of the age of the domain 
name. This would ensure that complainants bring their complaints as early as 
possible. For example, the registrant might get 5 more days to respond for 
year that the domain name has been registered (so a 10 year old domain name 
would get 50 more days). This ensures balance. There is a lack of fairness when 
complainants have unlimited time to prepare complaints, whereas respondents 
under 2 weeks to find a lawyer and prepare a defense, if they even receive any 
actual notice of a complaint. In the typical civil rules of procedure, the time 
to respond in international legal proceedings is typically greater than 40 
and also the clock doesn't begin until actual notice has happened (i.e. when 
complaint has been served upon the other side).

In short, 14 days is simply unacceptable. As a compromise, we propose:

14 days + (5 days) x (AGE OF DOMAIN in years)

Thus, for a 5 year old domain name, the time to respond would be 14 + 25 = 39 
days. This would ensure that complaints are brought in a *timely* manner (i.e. 
within the first year). If a domain name has been registered for 5 or 10 years, 
there is no "urgency" that a domain name needs to be suspended rapidly. If a 
domain name has only been registered for 1 month, then the registrant would 
to respond within 14 days.

Of course, we proposed numerous times that all domain names be subject to WHOIS 
Verification (i.e. mailed PIN codes to physical addresses of registrants) to 
curb abuse. ICANN ignored this good proposal, which I'm sure would have the 
strong backing of the Intellectual Property constituencies, as well as have the 
support of most legitimate domain name registrants.


George Kirikos
Leap of Faith Financial Services Inc.

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