[EURO-Discuss] GNSO Solicits Public Comments on Draft Resolution to Curb Domain Tasting

At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org
Sun Mar 9 15:32:41 EDT 2008


ICANN¹s GNSO Solicits Public Comments on Draft Resolution to Curb Domain
Comment period 7 March 2008 to 28 March 2008

Please submit comments to:
<domain-tasting-motion at icann.org>
Comments may be viewed at:

Explanation:  The GNSO Council is considering the issue of "domain tasting",
a term used to describe the case when someone registers a domain name and
then tests to see if the name has sufficient traffic to provide more income
than the annual registration fee (usually through pay-per-click
advertising). If the name is deemed sufficiently profitable, it is kept.

If not, the current "add grace period" (AGP) - where domains can be returned
within five days without cost - is used to return the domain at no net cost
to the registrant. Recently there has been a significant increase in the
number of domains registered and returned within the AGP. ICANN staff
prepared an Issues Report in June 2007
4jun07.pdf and subsequently a GNSO working group published an Outcomes
Report in October 2007.

The GNSO Council decided on 31 October 2007 to launch a policy development
process (PDP) on domain tasting. An Initial Report
asting-07jan08.pdf was produced for public comment, outlining the policy
development process, possible actions that might be taken, and the arguments
put forward for and against such actions. Public comments were incorporated
into a draft Final Report (posted 8 February)
df for GNSO Council review and action.

Members of the Council subsequently drafted this motion
to curb domain tasting. It would prohibit any gTLD operator that has
implemented an add grace period from offering a refund for any domain name
deleted during the AGP that exceeds 10% of its net new registrations in that
month, or fifty domain names, whichever is
greater. An exemption may be sought for a particular month, upon the
documented showing of extraordinary circumstances, as detailed in the

The GNSO Council will consider public comments and constituency impact
statements regarding the draft motion and incorporate them into a further
draft for Council consideration at its scheduled 17 April meeting.

ICANN At-Large Staff
email: staff at atlarge.icann.org


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