[ga] Minutes of the Intellectual Property Constituency
Excerpt: The IPCC spent considerable time discussing the recently released
ICANN restructuring plan, which was authored by ICANN President Stuart Lynn.
Jonathan Cohen, the IPC representative from FICPI and a member of the ICANN
Board of Directors, joined the meeting via telephone at 2:30 pm (London time)
to offer his views on the proposal. Mr. Cohen reported that he supports the
proposal in principle and that there is broad support for the proposal on the
Board. He added that it was his firm belief that ICANN cannot complete its
mission under the present structure. Mr. Cohen also noted the following:
Governments have always been involved in ICANN, whether it is through the GAC
or the MoU with the USG.
The ccTLD situation has become highly politicized and ICANN is not equipped
to handle this.
The chances of ensuring appropriate representation of intellectual property
interests are much higher under this plan.
The At-Large will not work and ICANN does not have the resources to make it
Some current Board members will stay on to oversee the implementation of the
The new structure will likely take one year to implement.
Movement on the plan will likely be sooner, rather than later.
The U.S. DoC was not consulted on the fine details of the plan.
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