Another ICANN Sham Review of Public Comments

ICANN has posted their Public Comment Summary Report of the Proposed Renewal of the Registry Agreement for .NET. Once again, it is another sham review of the submissions of the public.

Not only do they dismiss comments and concerns relating to the changes in the RRA, which we wrote about extensively. ICANN staff went even further, and LIED about past comment submissions! At the bottom of page 13, they wrote:

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Our Comments to ICANN Opposing the Dot-NET Registry Agreement Renewal With Verisign

On April 19, 2023, I highlighted negative aspects of the proposed .NET Registry Agreement between ICANN and Verisign.

The public comment period ends on Thursday May 25, 2023 at 23:59 UTC (i.e. tomorrow), and I just submitted my company’s final comments.

I encourage others who care about the rights of registrants to do the same.

Others, including the Internet Commerce Association and TurnCommerce have submitted substantial comments. All of the public comments can be read here.

Red Alert: ICANN and Verisign Proposal Would Allow Any Government In The World To Seize Domain Names

ICANN, the organization that regulates global domain name policy, and Verisign, the abusive monopolist that operates the .COM and .NET top-level domains, have quietly proposed enormous changes to global domain name policy in their recently published “Proposed Renewal of the Registry Agreement for .NET”, which is now open for public comment.

Either by design, or unintentionally, they’ve proposed allowing any government in the world to cancel, redirect, or transfer to their control applicable domain names! This is an outrageous and dangerous proposal that must be stopped. While this proposal is currently only for .NET domain names, presumably they would want to also apply it to other extensions like .COM as those contracts come up for renewal.

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Konstantinos Zournas of was the first to break the news concerning the lawsuit filed by against “George Dikian”.

Today, both sides filed a “Joint Rule 26(f) Report” [PDF] which summarizes the case from the point of view of each side, and sets out scheduling going forward. Since it’s such a short document, it’s an excellent introduction to the dispute, for those who’ve not been following it from the beginning.

The entire docket can be followed via CourtListener.