I recently received an email from Nat Cohen that is worth sharing with my readers.
Thank you for using NeusNews.com to help spread the word about this scary new trend in UDRP decisions.
Now CADNA is calling for the UDRP language to be changed to eliminate the registration in bad faith requirement entirely (http://www.thedomains.com/2013/11/11/fairwinds-time-for-udrp-reform-to-change-bad-faith-requirement-from-registration-date-to-renewals/). We certainly have a battle on our hands.
Danny cited a comment that you made about the ICA needing to open up to smaller investors. As you know, I am a board member of the ICA and am looking to the ICA as the best means to fight these battles on behalf of the domain industry.
The perception that the ICA is closed to small investors is, I think, based on outdated information.
A contribution of as little as $1000 per year will earn you an ICA Supporter designation and web badge, as well as participation in the ICA internal mailing list where Phil Corwin gives us advance notice of ICANN and legislative issues that we need to be aware of, and where ICA policies and positions are discussed. The benefits of participating in the mailing list can be worth $1000 alone.
Details on contribution levels are at: http://internetcommerce.org/donate
Full membership starts at $5000. Donations of any amount can be made via PayPal. At as little as $500, the contributor is entitled to place an ICA Donor web badge on their site.
We certainly want to include as many small investors in the ICA as possible.
A few years ago the ICA eliminated the executive director position to cut operating overhead. We are entirely volunteer run.
For a few years, the ICA relied on those who were willing to step up with sizable contributions, without needing any hand-holding or marketing efforts. Simply those who saw the need and stepped up to fill it.
A couple of years ago, we made the decision to open up the membership to smaller investors. We still have no executive director. The challenge in opening up the memberships is that it risks putting the burden of providing support to our membership on our already overburdened volunteer board members. We appreciate that our new members recognize that the ICA is fighting for the domain industry as a whole and aren’t requesting special treatment.
My personal goal is to have 100 domain investors as supporters at an annual contribution level of $1000 each. This will put the ICA on a stable financial footing where we would not be overly dependent on any one contributor.
My reasons for supporting the ICA are in a guest blog post here- http://www.domaininvesting.com/nat-cohen-support-the-ica/ There is a lengthy back and forth in the comments that addresses many of the concerns and questions that people have about the ICA.
I’m happy to discuss this further and would welcome your feedback.
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