Arbitration services-provider Jams failed to win the site
jamsarbitration.com in a WIPO UDRP case, which could leave brand owners
more exposed online to so-called gripe sites.
Icann said it had failed so far to find a provider who could offer
the Uniform Rapid Suspension system (URS), an alternative to the UDRP
for straightforward disputes, at the target cost of around $300 to $500.
At Icann's meeting in Prague, various remedies were suggested including
simplifying the procedure and having an automatic finding for the
complainant if the owner of the registered domain does not respond.
Fees for filing a dispute over a .eu domain name were slashed for
the second half of this year. The cost of a case with a single panellist
and up to five domains has come down from €1300 to €600. The .eu
dispute service is run by the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) and .eu
Google had the domain name Gmai.com transferred to it in a case at
the National Arbitration Forum, despite the owner arguing it was
legitimate acronym for the names of the founders. That argument quickly
unravelled on examination by the UDRP panel, and showed evidence of
being used in bad faith.