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[registrars] Fw: Principles

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Gomes, Chuck" <cgomes@verisign.com>
To: <ross@tucows.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 3:39 PM
Subject: Principles

In discussions with several registrars over the last few months, I have come
to the conclusion that there appears to be good support for the following
principles with regard to the registrar transfer process.  I have requested
that these principles be posted to the Registrars Constituency list to
encourage discussion on that list.  Hopefully, agreement on basic transfer
principles by registrars will provide a foundation that can be used in
conjunction with the work of the DNSO Transfers Task Force to develop
revised transfer policies and procedures that will alleviate some of the
problems with the current process.  The principles came from a variety of
sources including some from the work of the DNSO Transfers Task Force.   It
should be noted that this list is by no means complete, rather it is a list
of principles for which I believe there is already strong support.  I would
hope that additional principles would be added in coming weeks including
additional ones from the Task Force report.

It would be helpful to find out how many registrars support all 17 of the
principles at least at a high level, understanding that considerable
detailed work would need to be done to implement the principles.  It would
also be helpful to find out if there are any registrars who oppose any of
the principles and if so, why?  Please post your comments to the Registrars

1.                  Registrars should provide a unique and private email
address for use only by other registrars and the registry.
2.                  Admin contact is the default authority.
3.                  Registrant may overrule admin contact authority.
4.                  All transfer process communications to registrants from
losing and gaining registrars should be standardized.
5.                  Registrars should provide special, standardized Whois
access, which may be separate from public Whois access, to other registrars
and the registry solely for the purpose of transacting transfers.
6.                  If the gaining registrar is responsible for transfer
authentication and the losing registrar's special Whois is not accessible
for a to-be-specified time; this can be grounds to allow the transfer to
occur in case of a dispute.
7.                  Minimum, standardized documentation should be required
of registrars for all transfer procedure steps for use in dispute
8.                  English is the mandatory default language for all
registrar, registry and registrant transfer communications.  Additionally,
registrars may communicate with registrants in other languages provided that
the principle of standardization in principle 5 above is satisfied.
9.                  Only registrars may initiate disputes.  If registrants
want to initiate a dispute, it must be done through a registrar.
10.              The registry is responsible for first level dispute
11.              There will be a non-judicial second-level dispute
resolution process for appeals.
12.              Losing and gaining registrars should be required to
complete specific transfer process steps within to-be-determined and
specifically defined time periods.
13.              Only losing or gaining registrar should authenticate the
transfer request, not both.
14.              If some form of auth code is used, the same auth code must
be used for the same domain name and the same gaining registrar.
15.              If a new transfer process is adopted, the new process
replaces the old process (i.e., a registrar can't use the new process and
the old process as a follow up to restrict a transfer).
16.              Reasons for a losing registrar to deny a transfer:
        Evidence of fraud
        UDRP action
        Court order
        Non-payment for previous registration period if transfer is
requested after the expiration date or non-payment for the current
registration period if transfer is requested before the expiration date.

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