The IP Lobby’s Place in ICANN

Ross Rader writes on the IP lobby’s role in Internet (and ICANN) matters, and vents quite a bit of frustration. ICANN, meanwhile, has assigned a new role to Intellectual Property Interests in its Strategic Plan: The same people who want to enforce…

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Ross Rader writes on the IP lobby’s role in Internet (and ICANN) matters, and vents quite a bit of frustration.ICANN, meanwhile, has assigned a new role to Intellectual Property Interests in its Strategic Plan: The same people who want to enforce the accuracy of WHOIS data elements which aren’t even collected according to the RAA (namely, registrant phone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address) are now, on page 7 of the plan, classified as “technical bodies and organizations.”While I’m on it, another interesting part of the plan is its description of the Policy Development Process on pages 12 and 13, where Advisory Committees now submit policies to the ICANN Board for ratification. (They can’t.)