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IP Constituency Distances Itself from CADNA

November 6, 2009CADNA, Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, ip constituency, Policy & LawComments Off on IP Constituency Distances Itself from CADNA

Letter insinuates that CADNA does not take a balanced approach to intellectual property rights.

The ICANN IP Constituency is distancing itself from the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA).

In a letter to ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom, J. Scott Evans, President of the Intellectual Property Constituency, referred to a recent discussion in which CADNA was referred to as being a member of the constituency.

During our presentation, Mike Silba made a reference to the recent Congressional hearings held on new gTLDs. Specifically, Mike stated that “one of your members” had instigated these hearings and was the only party to file negative comments on the Affirmation of Commitments that ICANN recently signed with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Later that same day, Nick Wood, a representative of IPC member Marques, quered Mike about his comment. Mike explained that he was referring to the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) in his comments during the IPC meeting.

I want to clarifiy for the record that CADNA is not now nor has it ever been a member of the IPC. Additionally, I want you and the rest of the Board to know that Yahoo! resigned from CADNA in January 2008, shortly after I joined the company. The IPC has historically worked very hard to present a balanced view of IP protection in the DNS and, for this reason, I felt compelled to correct the public record and to ensure that the other Board members present at the meeting receive this information.

Note the explanation for how the IP constituency is different from CADNA: it tries to take a balanced approach. Apparently CADNA does not.

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