The US Department of Commerce’s Larry Strickling has written to ICANN again.
This time it’s about new TLDs, the RAA, law enforcement and trademark protections in new TLDs.
By the tone and choice of words it sounds like the US Department of Commerce either assumes that ICANN will be able to force registrars to agree to the LEA demands or is happy with the concessions agreed on so far. It’s quite hard to work that out, or maybe I just need more coffee ..
The rest of the letter is about trademark protections and how they view the costs and powers for trademark holders to be important. What’s probably not surprising but nevertheless still worrying, is their inclusion of trademark protections for both new and existing domain extensions.
You can read the letter here: