Friday, September 30, 2016

AG's in four red states sue to stop US transfer of domain name control to ICANN on Oct. 1

Four state attorneys general, for Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada and Arizona, have filed suit in federal court in Texas to prevent the Department of Commerce from surrendering control to ICANN over domains as of Oct. 1, 2016. Politico has a detailed story here.

There is a concern that ICANN could interfere with domains that don’t honor policies that many other countries see as politically correct, such as “the right to be forgotten”, and more acceptance of downstream liability for user behavior, and even the so called “link tax”.

Update: Oct. 1

The judge apparently denied the motion.  So ICANN takes over.

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