Another UN for the Internet ?
a.. The agreement includes compulsory arbitration using the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) in Paris, which is appropriate for an international organization such as ICANN. I disagree, it is the nominated jurisdiction agreed to in the arbitration agreement (which you have not stated) that is important. BTW, depending on the arbitration agreement itself, lawyers could still be used which means you will always need to expense this in. Furthermore, it is well known that are methods to get around the arbitration process and appeal on the point of law later should the arbitrator inadverterly make some legal findings as opposed to factual. It would be better if you put up the arbitration agreement as well to increase transparency, perhaps there are some pro-bono lawyers out there who can give some feedback. Obviously any price increase is of no help at all and totally fanciful. The internet was created because people wanted to connect with each other both in peace and war time. Now we have to pay a toll which was actually an after thought by some guys in blue suits. To sanction this, we should be so crazy. If this yearly 'toll' money actually goes to some good which we have yet to see over the last few years, then perhaps it is justifiable but to date, I could not name one significant item here other than having to pay expensive executives to hire even more expensive lawyers to settle disputable agreements which should not have been entered in the first place if not for the expensive executives. Sounds like we are creating another UN in a deregulated environment. Cheers CK www.ecorpnu.com