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The Association of National Advertisers threaten to sue ICANN over new

 7:26 pm on Aug 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Acting on behalf of its members – the more than 400 companies, representing in excess of 10,000 brands that collectively spend over $250 billion in marketing, communications and advertising each year – the ANA argues that implementation of the ICANN program is economically unsupportable and is likely to cause irreparable harm and damage to its membership and the Internet business community in general.

Letter : [ana.net ] (.pdf)

Press release : [prnewswire.com ]



 7:51 pm on Aug 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Agree with the ANA ..

Popcorn time..;-)


 4:07 pm on Aug 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

Domain Incite has interviewed ANA's Bob Liodice who called for the new gTLD program to be suspended

Speaking to DomainIncite, ANA’s Bob Liodice said that American industry is “horrified” by the program, which he believes will cost his members a “quite humongous sum of money”.



 10:11 pm on Sep 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

WPN (WebProNews) Videos have just posted an interesting video with ANA's General Counsel Doug Wood



 10:08 pm on Oct 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

NRF (The National Retail Federation) has written to Lawrence Strickling, head of the Department of Commerce's NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) seeking to delay ICANN's plans...



 12:43 pm on Nov 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

Eighty-seven major national and international business associations and companies have joined forces with ANA forming the Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight [crido.org...]

On behalf of its many constituencies and industries, CRIDO is committed to aggressively fighting ICANN's proposed program, citing its deeply flawed justification, excessive cost and harm to brand owners, likelihood of predatory cyber harm to consumers and failure to act in the public interest, a core requirement of its commitment to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

If the ICANN program proceeds, CRIDO firmly believes, the loss of trust in Internet transactions will be substantial. In addition, the for profit and non-profit brand community will suffer from billions of dollars in unnecessary expenditures - money that could be better invested in product improvements, capital expenditures and job creation.

Press release

Well known companies include: Adobe, American Express, Burger King, Coca-Cola, CostCo, Dell, Ford, General Electric, HP, Hunter Douglas, J.C. Penney, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Samsung ....


 10:58 pm on Jan 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

ANA asks for top level block list or it may proceed with legal action.

Open Letter [ana.net...]

1.ICANN will proceed with its plan to begin accepting applications for new TLDs on January 12, as scheduled;

2.Concurrently, all NGOs, IGOs and commercial stakeholders concerned about protecting their brands will be given the opportunity to have those brands registered, without cost, on a temporary "Do Not Sell" list to be maintained by ICANN during the first application round...

In the interim, we must request, whether or not you agree to the way forward we are suggesting, that all documents in ICANN's possession custody or control relating in any way to the planned expansion of TLDs be preserved and all regularly scheduled document destruction policies be suspended.


 1:53 am on Jan 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

There is always resistance to new ideas and innovations. This kind of resistance may delay the change for a while but cannot stop it forever.


 4:56 am on Jan 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

likely to cause irreparable harm and damage to its membership and the Internet business community in general

They forgot the part about bringing civilization as we know it to a crashing end. And the bit where what's good for General Motors is good for America.

Is there a magic trick to the initial pdf? It downloads itself and I get nine pages of pretty but illegible smears :(


 1:49 pm on Jan 10, 2012 (gmt 0)


ICANN have a copy which has a different file size so may display better on your computer


 10:26 pm on Jan 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

I think they used a wonky PDF generator. The bigger version looked exactly the same-- but then I tried downloading and force-opening in Adobe 10, which I never use, and it came through loud and clear. The smaller version would probably have worked too.

But seriously. When I don't know which way to vote-- not that anyone's asking me to in this case-- I look at which side is spending the most money, and vote the other way.

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