Name.Space files law suit against ICANN

Name.Space today filed a law suit agains ICANN for violations of federal and state antitrust and trademark laws stemming from ICANN’s administration of the 2012 Application Round for delegating gTLDs to the ICANN-controlled Domain Name System
Oct. 11, 2012 - PRLog -- Name.Space, the originators of nearly 500 generic top-level domain names (“gTLDs”), announced today that it has filed a law suit against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) for violations of federal and state antitrust and trademark laws stemming from ICANN’s administration of the 2012 Application Round for delegating gTLDs to the ICANN-controlled Domain Name System (“DNS”).  ICANN has the responsibility to foster diversity and competition on the Internet.  Unfortunately, the 2012 Application Round will only further entrench industry insiders in a multi-billion dollar industry at the expense of content creators, intellectual property rights-holders, and the Internet community at large.  

Name.Space has operated its gTLDs since 1996—long before ICANN was formed—and, through this action, seeks the opportunity to compete in the market with an alternative business model that encourages innovation and to defend its intellectual property.

Paul Garrin the founder & Chairman of Name.Space added “Name.Space has been providing generic Top-Level domain names to the Internet community since 1996 and we intend to defend our business model, our original gTLDs and enable all users to have fair access to and rightful use of our names.”

The suit was filed in federal district court in Los Angeles, California.  Morrison & Foerster LLP is representing Name.Space in the action.

A list of Name.Space’s gTLDs is available on http://www.namespace.us

For more information please contact Alex Mashinsky by phone 1-646-552-4499 or alex@mashinsky.com
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