Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.
The attachment is Namecheap's full comment to the Interim Report.
Namecheap thanks the EPDP for its work, however is concerned that the Interim Report is not representative of ICANN's multistakeholder model. The report does not consider the interests of other ICANN constituencies, is biased in favor of trademark owners and arbitration providers, and ignores domain name registrants completely. Additionally, the recommendations seek to create new trademark rights for IGOs, anticipates costly arbitration that registrants cannot afford, and attempts to circumvent the UDRP and URS- at the same time ignoring that IGOs do indeed file UDRPs.
Please see the attached PDF for Namcheap's full comment.