[ALAC] New gTLD Program Committee resolution on "closed generic" strings
alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Wed Feb 6 03:43:03 UTC 2013
Note that the Public Comment closes on March 7 and does not seem to
have a reply period. Alan
ICANN is seeking public comment on the subject of "closed generic"
gTLD applications and whether specific requirements should be adopted
corresponding to this type of application. Stakeholder views are
invited to help define and consider this issue. In particular,
comments would be helpful in regard to proposed objective criteria for:
- classifying certain applications as "closed generic" TLDs, i.e.,
how to determine whether a string is generic, and
- determining the circumstances under which a particular TLD operator
should be permitted to adopt "open" or "closed" registration policies.
The New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors has
discussed this issue and has also directed completion of a set of
focused research and analysis items to inform any possible action to
be taken. At its 2 February 2013 meeting, the Committee passed the
Whereas, the New gTLD Program Committee has received correspondence
from the community addressing "closed generic" TLDs and understands
that members of the community term a "closed generic" TLD as a TLD
string that is a generic term and is proposed to be operated by a
participant exclusively for its own benefit.
Whereas, ICANN implemented the Generic Names Supporting Organization
(GNSO) policy recommendations on the "Introduction of New Generic
Top-Level Domains", and within those policy recommendations there is
no specific policy regarding "closed generic" top-level domains (TLDs).
Whereas, members of the community have expressed concerns regarding
applications for "closed generic" TLDs.
Whereas, the New gTLD Program Committee considers that it is
important to understand all views and potential ramifications
relating to 'closed generic' TLDs.
Resolved (2013.02.02.NG01), the New gTLD Program Committee directs
the President and CEO to open a 30-day public comment forum on this
topic, which should include a call for identification of proposed
objective criteria to classify applied-for TLDs as "closed generic" TLDs.
Resolved (2013.02.02.NG02), the New gTLD Program Committee directs
the President and CEO to, concurrently with the opening of the public
comment forum, request the GNSO to provide guidance on the issue of
"closed generic" TLDs if the GNSO wishes to provide such guidance.
Guidance on this issue is requested to be provided by the close of
the public comment forum.
Resolved (2013.02.02.NG03), the New gTLD Program Committee directs
the President and CEO to:
- Summarize and analyze all comments submitted in the public comment forum.
- Review materials supporting the policy development process
resulting in the GNSO policy recommendations on the Introduction of
New Generic Top-Level Domains and provide analysis of any discussions
relating to the limitations on potential new gTLDs.
- Analyze the feasibility of objectively classifying applied for TLDs
as "closed generic" TLDs.
- Provide an analysis as to whether the public interest and
principles of international law are served by adopting a clear
approach regarding 'closed generic' gTLDs.
- Provide a report to the New gTLD Program Committee informed by the
comments received and analysis conducted, including alternatives to
addressing this issue.
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