Yahoo! Comments in Support of Motion on Domain Name Tasting.
Yahoo! Inc. ("Yahoo!") hereby submits this comment expressing its support for the Motion on Domain Name Tasting seeking amendments to the various Registry Agreements which will modify practices regarding the functioning of the Add Grace Period ("AGP") approved by a super majority of the GNSO Council on 17 April 2008. Yahoo! is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. With more than 500 million users around the globe, Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers, and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and has a presence in more than 20 markets and regions worldwide. As such, Yahoo! has been greatly affected by the abuses of the AGP associated with domain name tasting. Yahoo! is pleased to see the GNSO Council take affirmative steps to thwart the current abuses of the AGP that have been identified. Yahoo! is in support of the current Motion and encourages the ICANN Board to implement the solution to the current abusive practices associated with the AGP set forth in this Motion. Yahoo! believes that the solution set forth in this Motion, combined with budget mechanism that ICANN is seeking to put into place, is a good first step towards thwarting abusive practices in the DNS. And, should these measures prove ineffective in eliminating these abusive practices, Yahoo! strongly encourages the ICANN Board to work with the affected stakeholders to craft additional solutions to end the gaming of ICANN policies in the DNS. j. scott evans | senior legal director, global brand & trademark | Yahoo! Inc. | evansj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx | 408.349.1385