[council] updated Statement of Interest for Mike Rodenbaugh

Mike Rodenbaugh mxrodenbaugh at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 30 17:52:33 UTC 2008

I have edited my Statement of Interest to provide more specificity as to the
nature of my clients and prospective clients, and to update the status of my
relationship with Yahoo! wrt to ICANN.  Here is the edited version, the last
two paragraphs have changed.


Statement of Interest

Mike Rodenbaugh - Commercial and Business Users Constituency

I am owner of Rodenbaugh Law, a member of the Business and Commercial Users
Constituency. I am an attorney licensed in California. I conduct much of my
business via the internet.  I advise and represent entities and individuals
with various commercial interests in domain names and other forms of
intellectual property, and with varying interests in internet commerce.  

I am personally concerned about the security and stability of the Internet,
as it is increasingly the backbone of our society, critical to global
commerce, communications and safety. So I am interested in ICANN's role in
managing and coordinating the technical and policy aspects of the Internet.
I am mindful of the many enormous benefits of the internet that are fostered
by ICANN policy, and seek for ICANN policy to develop in ways that will
enhance the growth of internet commerce and communications. I am also
concerned about various, serious harms enabled by policies of ICANN and its
contracting registries and accredited registrars, or by lack of effective

Businesses and their customers are experiencing increasingly severe harm
from phishing, malware distribution, hacking and other forms of online crime
and intellectual property infringement. For many years I served as in-house
counsel at Yahoo! Inc., working increasingly to protect Yahoo! users and
their commercial and personal interests, as well as Yahoo!'s commercial
interests, against these increasing worldwide threats. I believe that these
harms will continue to rapidly grow, unless DNS policies are adapted to help
fight them. So I strive for DNS policy that helps to mitigate those threats
as much as reasonably possible. 

On occasion, I may have clients with similar concerns, or who have other
policy interests at ICANN. As a representative elected to the GNSO Council
by the collective members of the Business Constituency, I am required by the
Constituency's Charter to support and otherwise remain faithful to approved
positions of the Constituency as applicable, rather than my own views or
those of any client I may have at any given time. To the extent that any
client seeks my representation or advocacy in any ICANN forum, I would
further disclose the identity of such client and their interest in the
matter at the time of that representation.

Generally my clients are online businesses that do not have a contract with
ICANN, though I may represent contracting parties from time to time in
matters unrelated to ICANN policy, for example in a commercial transaction
or dispute resolution.  I also intend to represent businesses that seek new
top-level domains in the upcoming process contemplated by ICANN.  

Moreover, I consult and provide advice to Yahoo! Inc. with respect to
Yahoo!'s interests at ICANN, and provide legal services to Yahoo! in a
variety of other matters.  Yahoo! is interested in the continued
accessibility of WHOIS information, development of stronger rights
protection mechanisms to curb abusive registrations, development of IDN TLD
domain space, and the release of single-letter, second-level domain names in
existing gTLDs, among other issues relevant to ICANN.

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