Veil of secrecy to lift...A Californian court has ruled that Icann must open up its books for inspection by battling board member Karl Auerbach. Auerbach has been in dispute with the domain name body after it refused to give him access to certain documents. As a director, he claimed he had the right to see all the organisation's records. He filed a lawsuit in March of this year, and a state judge yesterday ruled he must be given access to certain financial records, legal contracts and other internal documents. Icann has issued an angry response saying the ruling "is quite similar to the Icann procedure that Auerbach rejected last October". The statement goes on to say: "It is unfortunate that Icann's limited resources must be used for matters such as this, which do not advance the core mission of Icann."