Abusive Domain Names: Enforcement Options & ICANN Policy Update

Presented by

Mike Rodenbaugh, Principal Attorney, Rodenbaugh Law

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Mike Rodenbaugh presents a detailed overview of the growing problem of abusively registered domain names, enabling cybersquatting, counterfeiting, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, phishing, malware distribution and distribution of other criminal and/or infringing material. International enforcement options will be outlined, including notices to enabling parties, arbitration and litigation. The presentation concludes with a brief discussion of the current status of various policy initiatives of ICANN, including efforts to mitigate abusive behavior in new top-level domains (TLDs), the Registration Abuse Policies Working Group, and efforts to amend the Registrar Accreditation Agreement. Mike is the principal attorney at Rodenbaugh Law, a small law firm in California which represents businesses in all matters of trademark and copyright protection and enforcement. Mike formerly was the primary trademark enforcement attorney for Yahoo! Inc. for more than seven years. Mike represents the Business Constituency at ICANN (bizconst.org), as an elected Councilor to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). The GNSO Council develops ICANN policy with respect to generic TLDs such as .com, .mobi, .museum, .travel, .jobs and many hundreds more coming in 2010 and beyond.

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