VeriSign yanks domain seizure power request

Kevin Murphy, October 13, 2011, 18:29:07 (UTC), Domain Registries

That was quick.

VeriSign has withdrawn its request for new powers to delete domain names being used for abusive purposes, just a few days after filing it with ICANN.

The company had proposed a policy that would give law enforcement the ability to seize .com and .net names apparently without a court order, and a new malware scanning service.

The former came in for immediate criticism from groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, while the latter appeared to have unnerved some registrars.

But now both proposals have been yanked from ICANN’s Registry Services Evaluation Process queue.

This is not without precedent. Last year, VeriSign filed for and then withdrew requests to auction off one-letter .net names and a “Domain Name Exchange” service that looked a bit like domain tasting.

Both came in for criticism, and have not reappeared.

Whether the latest abuse proposals will make a reappearance after VeriSign has had time to work out some of the more controversial kinks remains to be seen.

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Comments (2)

  1. RaTHeaD says:

    i want to say something about this but i feel i best not because all of my domains may be seized… and they would just claim it was because i am overly handsome and have an advantage over the other domainers. sometimes life is unfair.

  2. Every time this happens, I see several visits to my website from VeriSign in my server logs. Had they consulted with me or others *before* making this bad proposal, they’d have saved themselves the humiliation of having to withdraw it. In their application they said they consulted with a few people, mostly registrars, but clearly those folks don’t have any clue.

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