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Thursday, November 13, 2014

U.S. Court dismisses attempts to attach ccTLDs


A federal court in the United States has agreed with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) submissions that the country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) are not property subject to attachment, ITRealms reports.

ITRealms recalls that claimants had filed wits of attachment to seize from ICANN, the ccTLDs for Iran (.IR), Syria (.SY) and North Korea (.KP), (as well as internationalized top-level domains in non-ASCII characters for Iran and Syria) in order to satisfy judgments the claimants obtained in US courts against these countries.

But ICANN sought to quash the writs of attachment citing ICANN’s technical coordination role in the domain name system (DNS) and arguing that ccTLDs are not subject to attachment.

“We are pleased that the court ruled in our favor on the grounds that the ccTLDs are not property, subject to attachment”, said John Jeffrey, ICANN’s General Counsel and Secretary.

Also for Jeffrey, “The court’s ruling demonstrates a technical understanding of the DNS, and the role of ccTLDs in the single, global, interoperable Internet."

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