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RE: [centr-ga] Re: [nc-deletes] FW: [council] Concerns Regarding Report of DeletesTask Force

I have a quite different view of ICANN's input on this policy than Dr.
Lisse.  First of all, I don't think the input should be viewed as requiring
major changes to the TF recommendations, but rather simply refining those
recommendations to make them better. In my four years of experience directly
involved at the registrar level and over three years experience at the
registry level, I have seen actual examples of just about all of the
hypothetical cases cited.  The will always be what we call "corner" cases
that need to be handled on an exception basis and it is my opinion that the
input from ICANN appears to be intended to deal with those. If reasonable
and limited flexibility is not build into the policy to deal with such
situations, then registrars will be forced into very awkward situations
where they will incur problems involving excessive cost, possible litigation
and may even be required to take actions that are inconsistent with good
customer service.

I personally believe that relatively minor changes can be made to the TF
recommendations to create limited flexibility in the Delete policy
recommendations while still accomplishing the major objectives of the TF and
the community.  Both registrants and providers will benefit from this.

Chuck Gomes

-----Original Message-----
From: Dr Eberhard W. Lisse [mailto:el@ac.lisse.na]
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2003 4:51 AM
To: Bret Fausett
Cc: cctld-discuss@wwtld.org; nc-deletes@dnso.org; Jordyn A. Buchanan;
ga@dnso.org; Louis Touton; ga@centr.org; Dan Halloran; el@ac.lisse.na
Subject: [centr-ga] Re: [nc-deletes] FW: [council] Concerns Regarding
Report of DeletesTask Force 

I have widened the Cc list, can someone post this to ga@centr.org and
ga@dnso.org, if it is rejected by the mailing lists for non

Personally I think Mr Trouton's input is not very helpful.

45 days is 45 days. We can give 90 days, 180 days, 9750 days, someone
will manage to meet the deadline. And his name will not necessarily be

Concern A: 

Now I am not a laywer, just a simple Obstetrician and Gynaecologist,
but the hypotheticals don't make much sense to me.

#1: As far as I read the ICANN Registrar Agreement this case can not
occur, and if it does, it is the Registrar's responsibility to make it

#2: As far as I understand the usual Registrant Registrar agreements
this case can not occur. And, if Registrant's headquarters happens to
be in Tikrit, or happens to become collateral damage, they don't need
much DNS in the first place.

#3: Now I don't much about courts (yet, even being an Obstetrician
:-)-O), but as far as I understand court orders have precedence over
any agreement getween two ligitating parties. Seems to me that in the
US this is true too, they even decide who wins elections, never mind
how the people voted.

#4: Besides the fact that this is actually #3. one would think that
court proceedings would be rendered moot on expiry of the domain.

#5: Too bad. They should have paid in time. They better have
insurance.  In any case Mr Trouton's colleagues will institute a class
action suit and pocket 1/3 of the proceeds.

#6: As far as I understand an agreement is an agreement, and a
deadline is a deadline. The first thing that happened when the .COM
bubble burst was that the leased company cars and the leased cell
phones were returned. The second was that the telephone lines were cut
when the invoices were not paid any more. Under this, they would have
to remain with the client and increase the debt of the bancrupt

#7: "The check is in the mail" (straight out of the book "2002 ways of
not paying your bills" :-)-O). Too bad.  As far as I understand even
ICANN requires TIMELY submission of Proof of Payment for its own bills. 

#8: I can not find a clause in any ICANN policy MANDATING favouritism
or even condoning it. As far as I understand RFC1592 (and ICP-1)
actually say the opposite.

Concern B:

Each registrar must of course tell Registrants BEFORE they apply, what
the conditions will be. I can not read anything here that forbids the
Registrar to modify its procedures after registration. It is a matter
for the agreements between Registrar and Registrant, and all the
agreements that I have read have a clause that modifications are to be
published on the web site and accpepted by clients if not objected to
within a period of time. Even the ICANN Registrar Accreditation
Agreement has such as provision

The ICANN Registrar Agreement does indeed MANDATE a web site for
whois, so they can post it there if they don't have any other
one. However it is actually impractical to assume that in a high
volume, low cost per item, IT industry that any business model would
pass ICANN's Registrar accreditation muster i they didn't have a web
site where to post this.

Concern C:

There *IS* a "consideration" for the service provided in some of other
form. I can not read anything that prescribes or limit the amount

Concern D:

Overlap with other task force is specifically not an issue for this
Task Force. As it happens to concern deletion the recommendation of
this Task Force should, of course, have precendence. However, I can
not find any ICANN document stating that "First Come, First Serve" is
the guiding principle of the policy process. I can also find nothing
saying that any of this is easy.

The Task Force had the brief of coming up with a policy and propose it
to Council. The Task Force has come up with a policy (unanimously with
one abstention) and proposes it to Council.

Now, Council can vote on submission to the ICANN Board, as is, with
amendments, or not at all.

ICANN staff then can make unilateral decisions by violating all its
own policies. As usual.

I vote against any changes to the report.

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In message <BABCAD2B.1E308%fausett@lextext.com>, Bret Fausett writes:
> Thanks for this. Some of the points, especially with regard to the
> ramifications of a uniform policy, were, I think, contemplated by the task
> force. Other points reveal ambiguities in our drafting that ought to be
> easily solved by a rewording. The whole report, however, probably warrants
> thorough review in light of the staff report.
> Procedurally, what can we do at this point? My sense is that it will be
> easier for the task force to consider the staff report, having been
> more deeply in these issues, than to ask the NC to deal with it. Is there
> mechanism that would allow us to reconcile the task force report with the
> staff commentary?
>       Bret
> Jordyn Buchanan wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Louis Touton [mailto:touton@icann.org]
> > Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 3:00 PM
> > To: council@dnso.org
> > Subject: [council] Concerns Regarding Report of Deletes Task Force
> > 
> > 
> > To the GNSO Council:
> > 
> > The agenda for the Council's next meeting (17 April 2003) includes the
> > following item:
> > 
> > "6. Vote to approve the Deletes Task Force recommendations and
> > report for submission to the ICANN Board."
> > 
> > Because the Deletes Task Force commenced work before the GNSO PDP came
> > effect on 15 December 2002, a Staff Manager has not been assigned and
the T
> ask
> > Force has not otherwise had significant staff involvement/support to
> As
> > part of the overall process of transitioning to the PDP, Dan Halloran
and I
> > have just reviewed the Deletes Task Force's Final Report, as posted at
> > <http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/20030323.DeletesTF-final-report.html>.
> > 
> > Based on that review, we have concerns regarding some aspects of the
> .
> > The purpose of this message is to alert the GNSO Council to the staff's
> > concerns with the recommendations as currently framed.
> > 
> > Concern A: The Proposed Mandatory Deletion Policy Does Not Allow for
> > Extenuating Circumstances
> > 
> > In its current form, the report makes two recommendations that require
> > registrars to delete domain-name registrations within 45 days after they
> > expire. These recommendations appear to apply absolutely, not allowing
> > exceptions for various extenuating circumstances under which deleting
> > registrations by that deadline could harm innocent registrants or result
> > loss of DNS nameservice for other domains.
> > 
> > The recommendations are 3.1.1 and 3.1.2:
> > 
> > "3.1.1 Domain names must be deleted if a paid renewal has not been
> > received by the registrar from the registrant or someone acting on
> > the registrant's behalf by the end of the Auto-renew Grace Period
> > (generally forty-five days after the domain's initial expiration).
> > As a mechanism for enforcing this requirement, registries may elect
> > to delete names for which an explicit renew command has not been
> > received prior to the expiration of the grace period."
> > 
> > "3.1.2 Domain names must be deleted within 45 days of the expiration
> > of the registration agreement between the registrar and registrant,
> > unless the agreement is renewed."
> > 
> > It appears that a registrar has no ability to delay deletions past 45
> in
> > extenuating circumstances. Here are a few hypothetical situations
> to
> > highlight the serious problems such an unqualified rule could cause:
> > 
> > Hypothetical #1: Shortly before the 45-day deadline, the registrar
> s
> > that its contact data for the registrant has been altered due to hacking
> > some other incident in the registrar's systems. The registrar concludes
> t,
> > as a result of the alteration, a renewal notice was never sent to the
> r
> > address for the registrant, so that the registrant has never paid a
> > fee and has never entered into a renewed registration agreement.
> s,
> > the registrar is required by 3.1.1 and 3.1.2 to delete the registration,
> > resulting in DNS service to the registrant being shut off. The service
> > only be restored, after some delay, through restoration under the
> n
> > grace period.
> > 
> > Hypothetical #2: The registrant's main office is located in a building
> > has suffered a disaster due to flood/fire/earthquake/war/terrorism/etc.
> > renewal notice was sent to that address, but it appears doubtful that
> > registrant would have been able to complete the renewal process by the
> > deadline. Nonetheless, the registrar is required by 3.1.1 and 3.1.2 to
> te
> > the registration, resulting in DNS service being shut off.
> > 
> > Hypothetical #3: A registration is the subject of court proceedings over
> o
> > is the proper domain-name holder. The court issues an order requiring
> the
> > registrar "freeze" the domain registration, to prevent any changes. The
> > registrant does not pay the renewal fee, putting the registrar in the
> ion
> > of either violating the court order or breaching 3.1.1 and 3.1.2 (and
> > therefore its accreditation agreement with ICANN).
> > 
> > Hypothetical #4: A registrar has submitted a "registrar certificate" to
> > court concerning a domain name that is currently involved in court
> > proceedings. In the registrar certificate, the registrar has submitted
> > registration to the court's jurisdiction and has promised not to modify,
> > transfer, or delete the registration during the court proceedings. No
> al
> > takes place within 45 days after expiration, so that 3.1.1 and 3.1.2
> e
> > the registrar to act contrary to the registrar certificate.
> > 
> > Hypothetical #5: A domain name registered through a registrar is used to
> > support the host names of nameservers that provide secondary nameservice
> r
> > 20,000 domains held by other customers, which are registered through
> > different registrars. The registration is not renewed. As a result,
> > nameservice for the 20,000 other domains must be migrated to other
hosts. T
> his
> > is not accomplished in 45 days, and as a result 20,000 domains disappear
> om
> > the Internet.
> > 
> > Hypothetical #6: Shortly after the expiration date of a registration,
> > registrar is informed that the registrant has filed for bankruptcy. The
> > registrar's legal advisors have cautioned the registrar to refrain from
> > terminating services to the bankrupt registrant without court
> > Recommendations 3.1.1 and 3.1.2, however, require the registrar to
delete t
> he
> > registration.
> > 
> > Hypothetical #7: During the 45-day period after expiration, the
> > asserts that it has made a renewal payment to the registrar, but the
> rar
> > has been unable to complete its investigation into the payment dispute
> re
> > the 45-day deadline. The registrar is uncertain whether it must delete
> > registration in order to comply with 3.1.1 and 3.1.2.
> > 
> > Hypothetical #8: The registrar has a long-standing relationship with a
> > registrant; the registrar knows that one of the registrant's domain
> > registrations that has expired is for an important and heavily used
name, a
> nd
> > suspects that the registrants' failure to renew was caused by an
> > The registrar is unable to resolve the issue with the registrant within
> > 45-day period. As a result, recommendations 3.1.1 and 3.1.2 require the
> > registrar to delete the registration, shutting off nameservice for the
> in.
> > 
> > Based on a plain reading of the recommendations of 3.1.1 and 3.1.2, in
>  if
> > not all of these hypothetical cases the registrar would apparently be
> red
> > to delete names, even though contrary to technical prudence or even
> > legal requirements. While it may make sense to prescribe a uniform time
> me
> > for registrar deletion of expired names, the hypothetical situations
> bed
> > above point to the difficulty of making hard and fast rules without
> g
> > for exceptions in extenuating circumstances.
> > 
> > Concern B: The Recommendations Concerning Mandatory Disclosures
> > Inappropriately Restrict Certain Registrar Business Models
> > 
> > Recommendations 3.1.4 and 3.1.6 seem to prevent registrars from adapting
> d
> > evolving their service offerings over time since they mandate that
> > and prices be provided "at the time of registration", even though the
> ies
> > and prices may not come into effect until after the registration expires
> nd
> > after the registrant has the opportunity to transfer to another
> > These provisions state:
> > 
> > "3.1.4 Registrars must provide a summary of their deletion policy,
> > as well as an indication of any auto-renewal policy that they may
> > have, at the time of registration. This policy should include the
> > expected time at which a non-renewed domain name would be deleted
> > relative to the domain's expiration date, or a date range not to
> > exceed ten days in length."
> > 
> > "3.1.6 Registrars should provide, both at the time of registration
> > and in a conspicuous place on their website, the fee charged for the
> > recovery of a domain name during the Redemption Grace Period."
> > 
> > It is not clear whether registrars would be able to modify their
>  or
> > prices at any time after initial registration of a domain name.
> > 
> > Also, recommendations 3.1.5 and 3.1.6 seem to obligate all registrars to
> > operate websites. In some business models currently available to
> ,
> > including reseller models and models used in some regions of the world,
> > registrars do not operate principally through websites, but use other
>  to
> > communicate with prospective and actual customers. There is no current
> > requirement that registrars operate websites, other than for a web-based
> ois
> > service. These recommendations appear unnecessarily to restrict these
> > alternative registrar business models.
> > 
> > Concern C: Mandatory "Payment" Policies Could Stifle Registrar Business
> els
> > 
> > Recommendation 3.1.1 (and possibly recommendation 3.1.6) appears to
> > that registrars charge all customers for registration and RGP services.
> e
> > registrars operate business models under which some or all registrants
> not
> > charged specifically for registration services. In accord with ICANN's
> > mission, Registrar Accreditation Agreement 3.7.10 specifically
precludes an
> y
> > policy that regulates registrar
> > prices: "Nothing in this Agreement prescribes or limits the amount
> r
> > may charge Registered Name Holders for registration of Registered
Names." B
> y
> > requiring that renewals be paid, recommendation 3.1.1 contradicts this
> > principle. Implementation of a requirement that a fee be charged for
> ls
> > would also raise serious concerns under relevant antitrust and
> > laws.
> > 
> > Concern D: Overlap with Whois Recommendations
> > 
> > On 27 March 2003, the ICANN Board adopted four consensus-policy
> > recommendations relating to Whois accuracy and bulk access. One of those
> > recommendations states:
> > 
> > "B. When registrations are deleted on the basis of submission of
> > false contact data or non-response to registrar inquiries, the
> > redemption grace period -- once implemented -- should be applied.
> > However, the redeemed domain name should be placed in registrar hold
> > status until the registrant has provided updated WHOIS information
> > to the registrar-of-record."
> > 
> > This recommendation is currently early in the implementation process.
> > 
> > The Final Report of the Deletes Task Force contains this recommendation
> the
> > same topic, but proposing a somewhat different policy:
> > 
> > "3.3.1 The Redemption Grace Period will apply to names deleted due
> > to a complaint on WHOIS accuracy. However, prior to allowing the
> > redemption in such a case, the registrar must update the
> > registration with verified WHOIS data and provide a statement
> > indicating that the data has been verified in conjunction with the
> > request for the name's redemption. The same rules that apply to
> > verification of WHOIS data for regular domain names following a
> > complaint will apply to deleted names."
> > 
> > By proposing overlapping policies so soon after one another, the GNSO
> > significantly complicate the task of implementing the policies.
> > 
> > Thank you for your attention. Please feel free to contact me if you have
> y
> > questions.
> > 
> > Best regards,
> > 
> > Louis Touton
> > General Counsel
> > 
> > 
> > 

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