I agree with Bret's comments and would be able to make a
conference call this week to discuss further.
Bret Fausett [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 13 April 2003 18:41
Cc: Jordyn A.
Buchanan; Louis Touton; Dan Halloran; 'Dr Eberhard W. Lisse'; Gomes,
Subject: Re: [nc-deletes] FW: [council]
Concerns Regarding Report of DeletesTask Force
Gomes, Chuck wrote:
reasonable and limited flexibility is not build into the policy...
Remember though that the uniform rule was suggested by the
task force in order to stop what was believed to be an abusive/unfair
registrar practice. The question is how to provide limited flexibility for a
(a) reopening the possibility of abuse; and/or (b) saddling
ICANN Staff with an ambiguous or impossible to administer enforcement
While I'm still reviewing the Staff report, I think the
Staff recommendations can be easily reconciled with our report in at least
First, I don't believe it was our intent to require a
register to delete a domain name when the name was the subject of an
administrative or legal proceeding and/or when the deletion would be in
violation of law or an applicable court order. I think we can add language
to make that clear, and such a carve-out would be relatively easy for ICANN
Second, I also don't believe it was our intention to
preclude a registrar from offering domain name registrations for free. Our
real point was that a registrant should affirmatively indicate an intent to
renew the registration beyond the previously agreed term. Most often, that
intent is expressed by payment for a new term, but I see no reason why a
registrar couldn't offer the renewal for free so long as the registrant
takes some positive step to express agreement with that course of action.
Rephrasing some of the paragraphs to replace payment-related words and
phrases with things like "affirmative intention to renew" might solve this
Finally, I don't believe we had intended to bind a registrar
to the deletion policy it had posted on its web site for the entire term of
its registrations. My assumption is that we simply wanted registrars to post
their then current deletion policy, with an acknowledgment that such a
policy might be updated or revised in the future. We can easily clarify
Those are three clarifications that I think are consistent
with our original thinking and that a quick and non-controversial re-draft
could probably resolve.
Perhaps we should schedule a quick conference call in
advance of the NC meeting to discuss the Staff report.
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