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[gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's Meeting

  • To: "Griffin, Lance" <Lance.Griffin@xxxxxxxxxx>, "Mike Rodenbaugh" <mxr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Tim Ruiz" <tim@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's Meeting
  • From: <franks@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 18:20:50 -0500

Lance, All..

It's not my intention to be disrespectful or take matters off-topic, but I 
think it's incredibly important for us all to take a look at the larger 
machinations around addressing in order to shape potential rules relating to 

We can do work within the scope, while at the same time being cognizant of the 
impact relating to our actions on a larger scale.  Benign neglect of what 
happens in the web-browser does not solve the problems we all face. 

Lance, in the final analysis, your employer is one of the biggest victims of 
the thieving I describe. Type : MickeyMouse.xom (or .cpm) in your browser (as 
my daughter has 100 times) and watch what happens. Ask yourself what is 
happening in the browsers of those aged 6-18 -- Where does this traffic 
ultimately go and who pawns off it by diverting searches?  This chasing little 
turds in a sea of "cack" is such a waste of resources (and payback).

What exactly did we all  think happened in the browser if the cybersquatters 
didn't highlight the most blatant typos for us by registering them? The traffic 
still flows to the keyword marketplaces powered by Google or Microsoft via the 
browser, only there is no obvious way to identify the infractions because to 
the user, the browser-error experience is so benign.

I do not support deliberate cybersquatting and this is not an attempt to defend 
the undefendable or criticize the group, but pushing to shape domain 
registration rules in a way that is harmful to those who highlight the path to 
your most blatant problems (while creating a less certain namespace for real 
entrepreneurs and registrars); is not necessarily the best fix.

Most sincerely,


----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Griffin, Lance 
  To: franks@xxxxxxxx ; Mike Rodenbaugh ; Tim Ruiz 
  Cc: Rosette,Kristina ; gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx ; Smith,Kelly W 
  Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 4:37 PM
  Subject: RE: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's Meeting

  Are the subjects of Google Adsense and issues relating to key word in the 

  From: owner-gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of franks@xxxxxxxx
  Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 9:59 AM
  To: Mike Rodenbaugh; Tim Ruiz
  Cc: Rosette,Kristina; gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx; Smith,Kelly W
  Subject: Re: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's Meeting


  In all fairness, I think you're being overly dramatic about the state of 
affairs in which we all find ourselves..  The UDRP "is cheap" when you bear in 
mind that the cost to unseat a true squatter from 150 or 300 typo domain 
variations is lower on a per-offence basis than unseating said squatter from 1 
single offending registration.  Wholesale squatting is cheaper to deal with via 
UDRP. All offenses are "alleged" until proven. I have won 13 UDRP decisions 
against over reaching entities so I have plenty of real-world experience 
relating to the desire of trademark holders to impugn the rights of generic 
registrants. These UDRP costs are distributed across millions of mark-holders.  
Surely mark holders should be obligated to pay "some cost" for trying to claim 
rights? I do not view those costs as onerously as you do. It is a subjective 

  I think IP holders need to take a more pragmatic view of the battle they are 
fighting. Trademark violations in odd strings or namespaces without traffic are 
just not worth fighting.  Anybody with a can of spray-paint can violate Yahoo's 
trademark rights by running around the city and graffiti painting "Yahoo" on 
the side of buses. Do mark holders want to follow these millions of folks 
whitewashing the violations?

  The answer IP stakeholders seem to be drilling to is "No, we want to stop 
selling paint"..  or "We want to have a say who can buy what paint". 

  That's just not fair for the Fox to say to the Hens Mike. I see it as a 
dangerous potential for over-reaching, particularly when the most flagrant 
violations of trademark strings in the browser are given a free pass by this 
group. Every day Yahoo, Microsoft and Google "steal traffic" from 
trademark-holders and from me via toolbars and browser error search.  I see 
these groups in no better light than the squatters. Typing "Intel.xom" or .cpm 
and watching it resolve (via the browser) to an error search page monetized by 
Yahoo, or MSN or Firefox may be gentrified stealing, but it is stealing all the 
same. I don't view what we're discussing here so much like a battle for IP 
holders rights as a battle for ill-gotten traffic.  How can the large media 
companies unseat squatters to recover more error search via the browser?

  You've been a touch dramatic here Mike so allow me:  "There is no freedom 
without justice and some of these changes smack of injustice to domain 
registrants and registrars". Comparing registrars to flea markets is just not a 
balanced viewpoint. Show some balance and I'll show some love.


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Mike Rodenbaugh 
    To: franks@xxxxxxxx ; Tim Ruiz 
    Cc: Rosette,Kristina ; gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx ; Smith,Kelly W 
    Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 11:14 AM
    Subject: RE: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's Meeting

    I think IP owners generally do not want the "privilege" of "defensive 
protection mechanisms", but are essentially forced to use them because the UDRP 
is so inefficient.  It is extremely far from 'cost effective' since it costs 
under $100 to register a name and put up an infringing website which makes 
money every day, yet costs many thousands of dollars and many months to recover 
that name through the UDRP (without hope of monetary damages).  Thus the 
squatters win every time with a nice ROI.  


    Registries and registrars, by enabling massive infringement at low cost, 
ought to take steps to minimize abusive registrations at their own cost, other 
than trying to sell "defensive protection mechanisms" to brand owners.  Every 
other business has had to provide complaint mechanisms at their own cost, even 
though we would love to charge complaining parties, that is just not acceptable 
to those complaining parties..  Registration providers are like flea markets, 
selling cheap space from which anyone can sell anything, including things that 
blatantly infringe rights of others.  Long ago, courts held that flea markets 
could be contributorily liable for doing that, under certain circumstances.  I 
imagine courts will begin to draw the same conclusion about the domain space, 
since registration providers are unwilling to take any responsibility 


    This problem of course is bigger than just the registration providers, 
Yahoo! and other businesses also provide tools for good uses that are too often 
used to infringe rights of others.  Contributory liability issues for those 
other businesses generally have been addressed by the DMCA in the US, and 
industry standards following passage of that law.  That would provide a nice 
model to absolve registration authorities of any liability if they commit to 
act quickly and reasonably in response to sworn complaints.  Perhaps this WG is 
not the right forum for this discussion, because such a mechanism should apply 
to all TLDs, not just new ones.  But it is a discussion that needs to be had, 
ideally before a lot of time and energy is wasted by business and registration 
providers to fight this in other fora.  Unfortunately the registration 
providers benefit every day from existing policy, so I am not optimistic that 
such discussion will happen soon or meaningfully, but I will continue to press 
for it.


    Mike Rodenbaugh

    Sr. Legal Director

    Yahoo! Inc.


    NOTICE:  This communication is confidential and may be protected by 
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    From: franks@xxxxxxxx [mailto:franks@xxxxxxxx] 
    Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:43 AM
    To: Tim Ruiz; Mike Rodenbaugh
    Cc: Rosette,Kristina; gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx; Smith,Kelly W
    Subject: Re: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's Meeting


    Having watched this process quietly,  I coldn't agree more with your 
statement Tim..


      ----- Original Message ----- 

      From: Tim Ruiz 

      To: Mike Rodenbaugh 

      Cc: Rosette,Kristina ; gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx ; Smith,Kelly W 

      Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 9:38 AM

      Subject: RE: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's 




      While it may seem that the world is ruled by IP interests, I would like 
to think that isn't true (although this WG may be). But maybe I'm just an 
idealist. The fact of the matter is that there is a difference between the 
privilege of *defensively* protecting rights and the mechanisms that resolve 
disputes after the fact. The UDRP is a very cost effective way to do the latter.


      The privilege of being granted defensive protection mechanisms not 
provided for in local or national law should not come at everyone elses 
expense. If the legislative process, or some or other regulatory process can be 
gamed to provide for that, so be it. I guess we'll meet you on the Hill. But as 
ICANN repeatedly claims, it is not a regulatory body, does not control prices, 
and the #7 you propose is not within ICANN's scope to mandate by their own 
repeated claims. The recent attempts by registrars and others in regards to the 
current registry agreements should make that clear.


      And why should registries be concerned with improving your bottom line at 
the expense of their own. That argument just doesn't hold water. You are the IP 
holder. The cost of protecting your IP is yours. 


      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject: RE: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's
      From: "Mike Rodenbaugh" <mxr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
      Date: Tue, May 15, 2007 7:58 pm
      To: "Tim Ruiz" <tim@xxxxxxxxxxx>,  "Smith, Kelly W"
      Cc: "Rosette, Kristina" <krosette@xxxxxxx>,  <gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx>

      Currently, as far as I know, registries and registrars are the only 
businesses in the world who purport to charge any other entity to complain that 
the first party is or likely will be infringing or materially contributing to 
the infringement of the second party's legal rights.  That needs to stop, and 
eventually logic will prevail and it will stop, through policy, legislation 
and/or litigation.  The hope was that ICANN stakeholders could agree to some 
binding policy rather than pursue other avenues.

      As a potential political compromise up to this point, realizing how long 
the registries and registrars have been benefiting so nicely from this reality, 
I have been willing to accept that maybe they could seek to recover up to half 
of their costs of this from complaining parties.  This I thought generous, and 
despite the fact that every other business in the world must provide these 
complaint mechanisms as a cost of doing business, and accordingly charge their 
customers more.  Registries and registrars should do that too, their customers 
benefit from a cleaner domainspace and so do the registration providers.  These 
businesses certainly should not be arguing that rights protection mechanisms 
should be a profit center for themselves.  They even seem unwilling to agree to 
a general policy principle that their pricing should be reasonably based on 
their costs?  

      Unreasonable, unjustified costs will lead to less adoption of any rights 
protection mechanism, therefore to more abusive registrations.  Abusive 
registrations have high social and financial cost to the public and impose 
higher litigation costs upon businesses.  Registries and registrars need to 
accept more of the burden of minimizing abusive registrations which they enable 
and profit from, and need to spread that cost among their registrants, rather 
than seeking to profit from rights protection mechanisms.

      I support this as principle/policy stmt #7:

      The fees charged by a gTLD for participation in its RPM MUST be 
reasonably close to their actual or expected costs.

      I also support Kelly and Avri's other principles as stated.

      Mike Rodenbaugh

      Sr. Legal Director

      Yahoo! Inc.

      NOTICE:  This communication is confidential and may be protected by 
attorney-client and/or work product privilege.  If you are not the intended 
recipient, please notify me by reply, and delete this communication and any 


      From: owner-gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Tim Ruiz
      Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 1:51 PM
      To: Smith,Kelly W
      Cc: Rosette,Kristina; gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx
      Subject: RE: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's 

      Currently, Registries are not required to justify most of their price 
increases, and in fact, make no justification for their existing prices 
whatsoever. I would be interested in knowing what basis or precedent there is 
for any holder of legal rights of any kind to expect special treatment and 
require justification of or a basis for Registry pricing from new gTLD 
entrants. I propose this alternative language for #7:

      gTLD registry operators MAY charge fees for participation in its RPM. The 
amount of such fees MUST be at the gTLD registry operator's sole discretion.

      Also, many of the suggested *principles* (which are actually proposed 
policies) use the phrase Prior Rights. The SOW uses the phrase legal rights. 
There is a considerable difference. The latter does not, IMHO, refer solely to 
the rights of TM holders, famous names, etc. Whereas the implications of Prior 
Rights as is used in most of these policy statements implies that distinction. 
I propose that all suggested principles/policy statements use the phrase Legal 
Rights instead of Prior Rights to be consistent with our SOW.


      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject: RE: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's
      From: "Smith, Kelly W" <kelly.w.smith@xxxxxxxxx>
      Date: Tue, May 15, 2007 3:13 pm
      To: "Rosette,  Kristina" <krosette@xxxxxxx>,  <gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx>

      I propose the following alternative language for principle #7 (new 
language in red): 
      The fees charged by a gTLD for participation in its RPM SHOULD be 
reasonable and each gTLD applicant MUST identify in its application the basis 
of its fee calculation. on which it anticipates charging fees.  

      I propose the following language regarding validation (revised from #8, 
which we did not agree on).  If we cannot reach agreement, I believe this at 
least has support:

      The Prior Rights on which a party bases its participation and seeks to 
protect in an RPM SHOULD be subject to actual validation, at least if the 
validity of such rights is challenged validated.  

      I propose the following new principle (based on the questionable 
inclusion of U.S. registrations as a rights basis in the .asia launch), and am 
happy to hear suggestions regarding alternative language:

      To the extent a gTLD is intended for/targeted to a particular geographic 
region, the Prior Right on which a rights owner bases its participation in the 
RPM SHOULD originate from the laws of a country in that region.

      Finally I agree with Avri's comments concerning applicability to IDNs, 
and perhaps we can use this language, as the final principle:

      The aforementioned principles should equally apply to both ASCII/LDH TLDs 
and IDN TLDs. 

      Kristina, let me know if you'd like me to reflect these in a further 
redline, or if you'll be collecting everyone's comments into a new version 
before the call tomorrow.


      Kelly Smith 
      Intel Corporation 

      From: owner-gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Rosette, Kristina 
      Sent: May 14, 2007 2:29 PM 
      To: gnso-pro-wg@xxxxxxxxx 
      Subject: [gnso-pro-wg] Revised Proposals Chart Based on Today's Meeting 


      Attached is an updated proposals chart that reflects the discussion 
today.  I have also attached a redline.  As you will see, I have indicated the 
current level of support (based on my notes) for the proposals we discussed and 
as we discussed revising them.  Please review them and let me know ASAP if I 
have mischaracterized the "revised" proposal and/or the level of support.  

      Tim, once you've had a chance to review, would you please post whether 
any of these specific points could be used instead of your principles 1-6?  I 
will create a consolidated proposals chart shortly before our call on Wednesday.


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