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[registrars] Domain Name Dispute Policy -- Next Steps
Thanks to those of you who have taken the time to provide feedback on the
draft domain name dispute policy floated by register.com and AOL. We have
tried to incorporate as many of the suggestions as possible, many of which
were very helpful, and a new draft will be circulated shortly.
The draft policy attempts to remove the registrars from the details of
dispute resolution by permitting complainants to choose among a selection of
authorized, reputable administrative authorities to administer any proceeding
concerning domain names. Each administrative authority could then have its
own set of rules for administering disputes. Although it's appropriate for
the registrars to avoid getting bogged down in these rules, we each have an
interest in making sure that the rules used by the various administrative
authorities are consistent, are easy for international consumers to use,
avoid gaming by unscrupulous registrants, minimize registrar involvement, and
create an environment where there will be multiple administrative authorities
to choose from.
To make sure that there are in fact administrative authorities ready and
able to handle disputes that will arise under the policy once it's actually
adopted by registrars, Francis Gurry at WIPO has offered to host an informal
get together on July 27, 1999 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
The meeting will hopefully be a working meeting to discuss issues relating to
next steps necessary for rolling out an effective dispute policy by the
WIPO will be distributing information about this, but I'd like to encourage
active participation among this group of prospective registrars. I look
forward to seeing many of you there.