Brian King

Head of Policy and Advocacy, Intellectual Property Group

.XXX blocks retire; new services to cover all adult TLDs

In a positive development for brand owners, ICM Registry, the entity behind the adult content-oriented .XXX Top Level Domain (TLD), has just announced its new blocking mechanisms, AdultBlock and AdultBlock+. Beyond .XXX, these blocks will cover all four of its adult-themed TLDs: .XXX, .PORN, .ADULT, and .SEX. Background ICM Registry first introduced the concept of […]

What’s Next for WHOIS: ICANN Board Approves EPDP Phase 1 Final Report

The ICANN board held a special meeting on May 15, 2019, during which it approved twenty-seven of the twenty-nine policy recommendations in the EPDP Phase 1 Final Report. The Phase 1 report represents the start of the ICANN community’s bottom-up consensus-driven policymaking effort to reinvent WHOIS (now called “registration data”) in a way that complies […]

GDPR, WHOIS and impacts to brand protection: Nine months later

Last October, we posted an article describing the impacts of redacted registration data (WHOIS”) on its domain name protection anti-counterfeit anti-piracy and anti-fraud services. As explained in that post MarkMonitor uses WHOIS data for several legitimate purposes including investigating infringing domain names identifying the source of phishing attacks and issuing cease & desist letters to […]

China cybersecurity update: DNS hijacking and IoT crimes

In a welcome patch of good news for the cybersecurity community, on December 25, 2018, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court (SPC”) highlighted five cybersecurity cases in its most recent release of Guiding Cases – the 20th such iteration of case law publication from the Chinese government including a landmark case on DNS hijacking. Since November […]

ICANN63 Barcelona: Updates from the 20th AGM

The MarkMonitor team is pleased to provide updates from the recent ICANN meeting in Barcelona, Spain. This meeting marked the 20-year anniversary of ICANN’s existence and was ICANN’s 20th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM format consists of seven days of sessions and includes two open community sessions, during which the ICANN board makes itself […]

Enhancing your strategy and ROI with premium and reserved domains

The new gTLD program has been a controversial topic for MarkMonitor customers. Many understandably blame new gTLDs for inflating defensive domain name budgets, creating new environments for cybersquatters and other bad actors and creating new free speech challenges to brand protection with the introduction of gripe TLDs like .sucks. On the other hand, companies have […]

ICANN Update: Expedited Policy Development Process Kicks Off

In an effort to establish a permanent policy for WHOIS data collection, processing and access in compliance with the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), the ICANN multi-stakeholder community will kick off a first-of-its-kind Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) next week. This EPDP will result in a new policy that takes the place of […]