[ALAC] .post Agreement Amendment Request

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Wed Apr 11 01:12:14 UTC 2012

At 10/04/2012 08:01 PM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond wrote:

>On 10/04/2012 23:43, Alan Greenberg wrote :
> > The current restriction is for ALL TLDs in the list, both cc and
> > generic. The requested change eliminates the entire restriction. See
> > 
> http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/mobi/proposed-post-amendment-07dec11-en.pdf.
> >
> > I do note that the current restriction DOES allow them to use the two
> > letter ccTLDs at the second level WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE RELEVANT
> > GOVERNMENT. The change would eliminate the need to ask the government
> > (for the ccTLDs). I presume if this was a perceived to be a problem,
> > the GAC would weigh in on it.
>Although not with any specific knowledge, this of course would apply to
>any domains which were registered after ICANN's birth.
>I don't recall UK.COM, for example, to have had to ask anyone at the
>time it was created, circa 1996. I can recall many other 2-letter 2nd
>level domain names pre-dating ICANN that would clash with ccTLDs -- some
>also causing problems at the time due to the bidirectional nature of
>addresses at some point. (yes, parsing was done in the 2 directions)
>But then everything in the UK is done differently, starting with a ccTLD
>that's not an ISO3166 country code. :-)

.uk is a ccTLD and not subject to a formal contract with ICANN, so 
there are no rules of ICANN's making here (other than ones that are 
required for DNS stability and such things as IDN).

For existing gTLDs, the words in the contract are that they may not 
register NEW ones that clash. Ones pre-dating the contracts are 
grand-fathered until/unless dropped.

(Yes, some of us do remember "backwards" parsing - ie 
UK.AC.OXFORD.PHYSICS.VAX). And JANET lives on - www.ja.net)


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