Internet address Dispute Resolution Committee The IDRC proviedes time-and cost-efficient service to resolve domain name disputes
QWhat is cyber-squatting?
Answer : Cyber-squatting means an act of occupying a domain name ahead of others to speculate or sell the domain name. In other words, it is a malicious speculating act (hoarding) of a domain name.
QWho should shoulder the dispute resolution fees?
Answer : As a rule, the claimant should shoulder the dispute mediation fees. When the claimant has opted for a one-mediator panel (800,000 won, exclusive of VAT), but the respondent opts for a three-mediator panel (1,600,000 won, exclusive of VAT), however, the claimant and the respondent should equally share the difference (800,000 won, exclusive of VAT).
QHow are the request and a reply prepared and submitted?
Answer : The request and a reply should be prepared using the form provided the Committee. It can be downloaded from the Committee’s website (www.idrc.or.kr). The prepared request and reply should be submitted by post or e-mail (kidrc@kisa.or.kr) or through the Online Dispute Mediation System.
QHow much time is required for dispute mediation?
Answer : It usually takes two to three months.
QWhat are the merits of dispute mediation by the Internet Address Dispute Mediation Committee?
Answer : It has merits such as efficiency, expertise, neutrality, and confidentiality.
• Efficiency: Dispute settlement through litigation at the court of law takes a long period and incurs considerable expenses. On the other hand, the uncertainty of a case under dispute may be overcome in a short period of time since the Committee can settle the dispute within a short period of time.
• Expertise: Mediation is reached by reflecting expertise in the field of domain names since the dispute is settled by experts (justices, lawyers, patent attorneys, public prosecutors, university professors, etc.)
• Neutrality: Mediation seeks to render neutral and fair decision by excluding mediators who have vested interest in the case.
• Confidentiality: The disputed domain name and parties are kept confidential.
QWhat are the differences between one-mediator and three-mediator panels?
Answer : • In case of a three-mediator panel, a mediation decision is reached by collecting opinions among three mediators. In contrast, one mediator makes a decision in case of a one-mediator panel. A three-mediator panel reaches a decision based on majority vote. Any dissenting opinion is also indicated in the decision.
• The parties opt for either a one-mediator or a three-mediator panel.