Domain Name News – February 21, 2010


Review Panel Finds Against ICANN Board In .XXX Decision – An Independent Review Panel (IRP) has concluded that in rejecting ICM Registry’s 2004 application for a .XXX top-level domain, the ICANN Board’s decision “was not consistent with the application of neutral, objective and fair documented policy.” The Panel also concluded that its rulings are not binding. The ICANN Board had rejected ICM’s application for .XXX on March 30, 2007, and subsequently ICM requested an independent review of that decision. According to the ICANN Bylaws: “Where feasible, the Board shall consider the IRP declaration at the Board’s next meeting.”

Picks To Click

  • The domain is scheduled to be sold on March 18 in a foreclosure auction.
  • The domain has been sold for $USD 1 million.
  • CIRA has announced the appointment of Colleen Arnold, Ruth Corbin, Rochelle Grayson, and Jeff Rybak to its Nomination Committee, and the re-appointment of Stuart MacDonald. These people join current members Ash Abhyankar, Malcolm Andrew, Gaston Gohou, and Susan M. Mitchell.
  • Le Ministre du Revenu du Qu├ębec wins a dispute over
  • The Hospital for Sick Children wins a dispute over
  • Milton Mueller comments on the Independent Review Panel’s .XXX decision.


  • Sun, Mar 7 – Fri, Mar 12: ICANN meetings in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Mon, Mar 29 – last day for comments on two ICANN DNS security proposals
  • Fri, Apr 2: last day for applications to the ICANN Nominating Committee
  • Sun, Jun 20 – Fri, Jun 25: ICANN meetings in Brussels, Belgium
  • Thu, Jul 1: registry fee increases for .com/.net take effect
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