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January 25, 2020 08:20

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There’s really no better time to join the ICA, oh and if you join and go to NamesCon, I’ve got a special offer for you…

I’m going to keep this short and sweet but I feel like now is a pretty darn important to write this post. I’ve been a big supporter of the ICA for years, heck, they’re the only organization out there fighting for our rights as domain investors. Over the years I’ve had the chance to get […]

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I attempt to answer ICA’s questions about the “terrible blunder” .org acquisition

The Internet Commerce Association launched a withering attack on ICANN late last week, accusing the organization of a “terrible blunder” by lifting pricing restrictions on .org domain names. As by now you’re no doubt aware, .org manager Public Interest Registry was acquired last week by a private equity firm with ties to ICANN’s former CEO, […]

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So which industry companies want to provide an ICA discount/benefit?

Many years before I started working with Mike on TheDomains.com, we had a back and forth about the ICA. My position was that you want more members that an organization with 80 members doesn’t hold any juice when they want to say to a politician, “Hey we are your constituents, and we demand justice.” Having […]

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ICA rallies the troops to defeat .org price hikes. It won’t work

Over 100 letters have been sent to ICANN opposing the proposed lifting of price caps in .org, after the Internet Commerce Association reached out to rally its supporters. This is an atypically large response to an ICANN public comment period, and there are four days left on the clock for more submissions to be made, […]

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ICA opposes Aussie domaining ban

The Internet Commerce Association has weighed in to the debate about whether domain investing should be effectively banned in Australia’s .au ccTLD. Naturally enough, the domainer trade group opposes the ban, saying that investment is a natural part of any market, and very probably supplying the registry with millions of dollars of revenue. The comments […]

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ICANN urged to reject .com price increases

The Internet Commerce Association has asked ICANN to refuse to allow Verisign to raise its wholesale prices for .com domain names. The domainer trade group wrote to ICANN last week to point out that just because the Trump administration has dropped the US government objection to controlled price increases, that doesn’t necessarily mean ICANN has […]

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If you invest in domain names, a recent UDRP decision should scare you

As someone who has been investing in domain names for over ten years now, I have tried to keep a close eye on UDRP decisions. Many people liken the domain name world to the Wild West but it’s important to remember that there are defined rules and regulations which, uh, the Wild West didn’t exactly […]

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Zak Muscovitch named interim general counsel of ICA

Former board member will lead legal efforts for domain investor organization. Zak Mucovitch Just weeks after taking on a volunteer role as counsel to the Internet Commerce Association (ICA), attorney Zak Muscovitch has been hired as interim counsel. Muscovitch will fill the void left by Phil Corwin. Corwin was counsel to the ICA since it […]

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TRAFFIC 2008 – Rick Schwartz’s best 20 minute video interview ever!

Rick Schwartz gave his best video interview ever in 2008, right at the end of TRAFFIC East in Orlando, FL. The event, which was attended by yours truly, presented the opportunity to domain investors and company representatives to network and forge new business relationships. More than $2.5 million dollars‘ worth of domain names were sold […]

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Verisign to keep price increase power under new .net contract

The wholesale price of a .net domain is likely to top $15 by 2023, under a proposed renewal of its ICANN contract revealed today. ICANN-imposed price caps are staying in the new Registry Agreement, but Verisign retains the right to increase its fees by 10% in each of the six years of the deal’s lifespan. […]

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