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RE: [bc-gnso] Brokering Peace Between Brand Owners and Domainers

  • To: Chris Chaplow <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx" <bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: [bc-gnso] Brokering Peace Between Brand Owners and Domainers
  • From: Phil Corwin <pcorwin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:45:21 -0400

I know Saul Hansell from prior tech issues I worked on, and he was at Monday's 
event in NYC in large part because I made him aware of it and encouraged his 
attendance, suggesting it might make for a good story. As it worked out he got 
three good stories from it.

I thought his piece on the trademark issues was reasonably balanced, and only 
took issue with his final sentence, "I don't envy the Icann staff, which has to 
work out a compromise that will prevent the outbreak of a world war over domain 

In response to that, I sent him this e-mail:
"Enjoyed your follow-up piece this morning. My only comment would be that it's 
not up to ICANN staff to broker a compromise -- if the URS is major new policy 
-- and our IRT comment letter lays out why we think it would almost entirely 
displace the UDRP at new gTLDs, and our view is backed up 100% by the comment 
letter submitted by the Chair of the GNSO -- then ICANN's rules call for a 
Policy Development Process in which the affected parties work out their own 
consensus. As I stated yesterday, ICA is ready and willing to constructively 
engage in a fast track process that addresses UDRP reform in a way that curbs 
abuses by both sides and applies the revised policy to all gTLDs, including 

Summing up, how this URS debate plays out will demonstrate whether ICANN really 
has a bottom up consensus policy process or whether it's been displaced by a 
staff-brokered policy process.

Philip S. Corwin 
Butera & Andrews 
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW 
Suite 500 
Washington, DC 20004

202-347-6875 (office) 

202-347-6876 (fax)

202-255-6172 (cell)

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Chris Chaplow
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 9:15 AM
To: bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bc-gnso] Brokering Peace Between Brand Owners and Domainers

Good NYT article


Chris Chaplow
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