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Name: Owen Smigelski
Date: 24 Oct 2021
Affiliation: Namecheap, Inc.
Original Public Comment: Initial Report from the EPDP on Specific Curative Rights Protections for IGOs
Summary of Attachment
The attachment is Namecheap's full comment to the Interim Report.
Summary of Submission
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.