CADNA Applauds ICANN .JOBS Charter Notice of Breach

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011—The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) applauds the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) efforts to enforce the existing .JOBS Registry Agreement with Employ Media, LLC.

In a letter issued by ICANN on February 27, 2011, Employ Media, along with its sponsoring organization, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is held in breach of the .JOBS charter. In addition to direct breach of the Registry Agreement, Employ Media and SHRM have demonstrated “failure to operate and manage the .JOBS TLD [top-level domain] in a manner consistent with the spirit and intention of the .JOBS registry.”

“CADNA is encouraged to see that ICANN has taken seriously its responsibility to enforce existing Registry Agreements. This is a small step in the right direction for ICANN’s governance model,” said CADNA President Josh Bourne. “The exploitation of the .JOBS registry by Employ Media and SHRM is a foretaste of the problems that could arise with the advent of hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). It is ICANN’s responsibility to adjudicate these registry breaches, but also to prevent them from happening by reconsidering the new gTLD policy.”

Employ Media and SHRM have been given 30 calendar days to implement registration policies that adhere to the original mission of .JOBS, and to cancel all registrations in breach of the original .JOBS charter. If the breach is not fixed within this time limit, ICANN suggests that it “may commence the termination process as set forth in Section 6.1 of the .JOBS Registry Agreement.”

Given the abuse of the .JOBS registry, CADNA strongly urges ICANN to closely follow Employ Media and SHRM’s compliance with the Notice of Breach in the next 30 days, and see this issue to its proper conclusion by adhering to cancellation of the .JOBS contract in the event of non-compliance.

The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the systemic domain name abuses that plague the Internet today. For more information, please visit