ICANN Publishes Thought Paper on Domain Seizures and Takedowns

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published a thought paper to assist parties preparing legal or regulatory actions understand the kind of information top level domain name registration providers will need to respond promptly and effectively to a legal or regulatory order or action.

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On March 8, 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published Guidance for Preparing Domain Name Orders, Seizures & Takedowns. As discussed in its press release, this paper helps parties preparing legal or regulatory actions understand the information top level domain name registration providers need to respond promptly and effectively to a legal or regulatory order or action.

The paper explains three operational elements of the Internet name system affected by seizures:

  • Domain name registration services.

  • Domain name system.

  • WHOIS services.

The paper also provides a list of questions with checklists or explanations of information. ICANN suggests that preparers:

  • Consider these questions when planning to seize or take down a domain name.

  • Provide registry operators the information listed in the checklists.

 
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