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Re: [ga] [Fwd: Reconsideration Request 00-1] On Traling "-" Domain Names

Jeff and all Assembly members,

  I a well would like to hear others ideas or postiton on this.

Jeff Williams wrote:

> All,
>   This may be of interest to many on this list as well so I forwarded it
> here
> for the Assembly Members consideration.  All of the Assembly members
> thoughts on this matter is or should be of great interest to ICANN.  I
> Would suggest that everyone view this situation and consider your
> opinions possibly voicing them Directly to the ICANN board.  We
> here at INEGRoup will be listening and interested in everyone's
> ideas and considerations regarding this issue.
>   We also wish that any of you that have a position or consideration on
> this
> matter forward those thoughts directly to the ICANN Board and the NTIA.
> Kindest regards,
> --
> Jeffrey A. Williams
> Spokesman INEGroup (Over 95k members strong!)
> CEO/DIR. Internet Network Eng/SR. Java/CORBA Development Eng.
> Information Network Eng. Group. INEG. INC.
> E-Mail jwkckid1@ix.netcom.com
> Contact Number:  972-447-1894
> Address: 5 East Kirkwood Blvd. Grapevine Texas 75208
>   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Subject: Reconsideration Request 00-1
> Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 22:18:12 -0500
> From: domainiac <domainiac@home.com>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew McLaughlin [mailto:mclaughlin@pobox.com]
> Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2000 5:07 PM
> To: russ@consumer.net
> Cc: Hans Kraaijenbrink; Amadeu Abril i Abril; Ken Fockler; Louis L.
> Touton
> Subject: Reconsideration Request 00-1
> Dear Mr. Smith:
> The Reconsideration Committee of the ICANN Board has made the following
> recommendation regarding the request for reconsideration you submitted via
> three emails on 6 and 7 January, 2000 (posted at
> <http://www.icann.org/reconsideration/recon-committee.htm>):
> ====================
> [RC 00-1]  The Reconsideration Committee recommends that Reconsideration
> Request 00-1 (submitted on 6 and 7 January, 2000, by Russ Smith) be denied.
> Mr. Smith requests ICANN to reconsider "the revocation of domains ending in
> a '-' ..."
> Mr. Smith appears to be operating under the mistaken impression that ICANN
> made a decision to revoke those names.  ICANN does not have the ability to
> cancel or revoke specific domain names;  rather, ICANN has the power to
> enforce the terms of its agreements with registries and registrars, which
> may require the cancellation of registrations performed by mistake.
> Nevertheless, the Committee notes that ICANN staff did indeed advise
> NSI-Registry and several ICANN-accredited registrars (1) that the
> registration of trailing-hyphen names would violate the specification for
> the Shared Registry System and (2) that the various agreements among NSI,
> ICANN, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the ICANN-accredited registrars
> require that all registered names must comply with the format specified in
> the registry's functional specification.  In view of the ICANN staff's
> advice, the Reconsideration Committee will treat Mr. Smith's reconsideration
> request as a request to reconsider the staff's advice to NSI-Registry and
> the affected registrars.
> The Committee notes the explanation of the ICANN staff in its Comment
> Concerning Trailing-Hyphen Domain Names, posted 7 January 2000
> <http://www.icann.org/nsi/trailing-hyphens.htm>:
>      "'Since the implementation of the Internet domain-name system in the
> 1980s, the specifications published and implemented by the Internet
> community have not permitted labels making up domain names to have trailing
> hyphens (e.g., "example-.com"). Througout this period, the specifications
> for the format of domain names have been well-known throughout the Internet
> technical community. They have been set forth in several RFCs, including RFC
> 1035 (published in 1987) <ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc1035.txt> and RFC
> 1123 (published in 1989) <ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc1123.txt>. The
> commonly accepted specifications are reflected in the functional
> specification for the Shared Registry System
> <http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-hollenbeck-rrp-00.txt>, through
> which competitive registrar services were introduced in the .com/.net/.org
> top-level domains last year, which requires that labels end with letters or
> digits, not hyphens.
>      "In the past several weeks, however, over 800 domain names with labels
> containing trailing hyphens were registered by mistake in the .com/.net/.org
> registry. These names do not conform to the the functional specification
> under which the .com/.net/.org registry is operated. The registry software
> in use before January 3, 2000, however, permitted registrars to enter these
> malformatted names into the registry, and some registrars' software
> similarly failed to screen out requests to register these names. Promptly
> upon learning that these names had been registered, the registry operator
> (NSI-Registry) <http://www.nsiregistry.com/> revised the software to reject
> additional requests to register names of this format.
>      "ICANN supports these corrections to maintain the stability of the
> Internet. At the ICANN annual meeting on November 4, 1999, the ICANN Board
> approved a package of agreements among NSI, ICANN, the United States
> Department of Commerce, and the ICANN-accredited registrars
> <http://www.icann.org/nsi/nsi-agreements.htm>. Those agreements require any
> names that are registered to comply with the format specified in the
> registry's functional specification. They also provide that those
> registering domain names must agree to cancellation of the registration in
> the event of a registry or registrar mistake, and in the case of every one
> of the trailing-hyphen names the registering party did in fact have such an
> agreement.
>      "The use of domain names in this noncompliant format presents
> interoperability problems. The documented format is well-known throughout
> the Internet technical community. Among other things, domain names that
> violate this format have the potential of causing software written in
> reliance on these formats to malfunction, and several instances of actual
> malfunctions have been identified.
>      "The U.S. Government's Statement of Policy on the Management of
> Internet Names and Addresses, 63 Fed. Reg. 31741 (June 10, 1998) (commonly
> known as the "White Paper")
> <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/6_5_98dns.htm> specifies that
> preserving the stability of the Internet should be the first priority of any
> DNS management system. A second principle that the White Paper states should
> guide DNS-management activities is the promotion of competition in the
> provision of registration services.
>      "After consultation among ICANN, NSI-Registry, and the registrars
> involved, notices have been given to the registering parties that these
> names were accepted and registered by mistake and will be cancelled. These
> cancellations reflect implementation of longstanding policy, rather than
> adoption of any new policy. ICANN commends NSI-Registry and the registrars
> involved for working constructively within the competitive framework adopted
> at the March and November 1999 ICANN meetings to effectively and promptly
> address this challenge to Internet stability. This sort of commitment to
> stability and competition will continue and expand the many public benefits
> the Internet has brought."
> The Committee has reviewed the relevant agreements, RFCs, and functional
> specifications and concludes that the ICANN staff was correct in its advice
> that the registration of domain names containing trailing hyphens
> contravenes the specification for the Shared Registry System, the elements
> of which are binding on NSI-Registry and the ICANN-accredited registrars.
> The Committee has further examined the various allegations and claims made
> by Mr. Smith in his reconsideration request and finds them to be without
> merit.
> Accordingly, the Committee recommends that the Board deny Mr. Smith's
> request for reconsideration, as well as his request for a temporary stay.
> ====================
> This recommendation will be forwarded to the ICANN Board and will be
> considered at its next meeting.
> Regards,
> Andrew McLaughlin

James Touton
Legal and Policy Advisory Council,
INEGRoup (Stakeholder)

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