Here's another apparent limitation of the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), the domain name dispute policy that applies to the new generic top-level domains (gTLDS): Proceedings are unlikely to unmask cybersquatters hiding behind privacy or proxy services.
A popular podcast that launched its new season with a profile on the domain name industry focused on how one well-known opportunist, Rick Schwartz, made riches by registering, using and selling domain names -- starting in 1995 -- that consisted of or contained generic words such as porno.com, candy.com and servicedepartment.com. But the podcast ignored an important -- and dark -- side of the domain name industry: Cybersquatting.
Despite the launch of more than 1,200 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in recent years, .com remains -- far and away -- the top-level domain that appears most frequently in decisions under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). But, some new gTLDs are attracting more disputes, including .site, which has become the new gTLD that, so far this year, has appeared in the most UDRP decisions.