Screen Actors Guild Opposes ICANN’s Top-Level Domain Expansion Program

Screen Actors Guild Opposes ICANN’s Top-Level Domain Expansion Program
Filed in: Press & Media

Los Angeles (Nov. 14, 2011) — Screen Actors Guild today joined hundreds of concerned businesses, brand owners, associations and not-for-profit organizations in expressing deep concern over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) proposed expansion of its generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) program.

In a letter to Commerce Secretary John Bryson, Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director David P. White cited the Guild’s concerns over ICANN’s rush to implement its costly and untested program in spite of its flawed justifications and without due consideration of the potential impact on businesses and consumers.

As the owner of a valuable brand, and on behalf of thousands of Screen Actors Guild members who are routinely employed by brand-holders and their representatives in the production of advertising, the Guild has serious concerns regarding the expansion of the gTLD program. White urged Secretary Bryson to persuade ICANN to postpone implementation of its proposed TLD program changes.

Download a PDF of White's letter here.