GNSO Council Teleconference on 17 April 2003 - agenda

Proposed GNSO Council Agenda Thursday , 17 April 2003

This agenda was established according to the Rules of Procedure for the DNSO Names Council

Coordinated Universal Time UTC 12:00 - see below for local times

Bruce Tonkin will be chairing the GNSO Council teleconference.
Scheduled time for meeting - 120 mins.

Dial-in number sent individually to each Council member.

    1. Approval of Agenda

    2. Summary of last meetings
    ICANN meeting in Rio, http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/20030325.GNSOrio-minutes.html

    3. Ratify email vote on ICANN Board seat #14 resolution [15 mins]

    4. Discuss any adjustments to process for Board seat #13 [10 mins]

    5. Presentation by Nominating Committee and discussion regarding filling three seats on the GNSO Council [15 mins] http://www.icann.org/committees/nom-comm/formal-call-05apr03.htm

    6. Vote to approve the Deletes Task Force recommendations and report for submission to the ICANN Board [30 mins]

    The consensus recommendations from the report are:

    3.1 Uniform deletion practice after domain name expiry by registrars.

    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.

    3.1.3 These requirements retroactively apply to all existing domain name registrations beginning 180 days after the adoption of the policy.

    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.

    3.1.5 Registrars must provide their deletion and auto-renewal policies in a conspicuous place on their websites.

    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.

    3.2 Registrar deletion practice after domain name expiry for domain names subject to a pending UDRP dispute

    3.2.1 In the event that a domain the subject of a UDRP dispute is likely to expire during the course of the dispute, the dispute resolution provider will notify both the complainant and respondent of the impending expiration either at the time the dispute is filed, or no later than 30 days prior to the expiration of the domain. In order to facilitate this process, registrars will provide the expiration date of the domain at the time it confirms the registration of the domain to the UDRP provider.

    3.2.2 In such an event, the complainant will have the option to pay for a one year renewal at the sponsoring registrar's current prevailing rate for renewals.

    3.2.3 In the event that the complainant paid the renewal fee prior to the domain name's expiration, the original registrant will have up to thirty days after the end of the relevant registry's Auto-renew Grace Period in which to pay for the renewal of the domain name. If neither the complainant nor the original registrant pay for the renewal of domain name, it will be subject to deletion no later than the end of the Auto-renew Grace Period.

    3.2.4 In the event that both the registrant and the complainant pay for the renewal, the name will be renewed on behalf of the original registrant in accordance with the registrar's usual policy, and any renewal fee paid by the complainant will be refunded. shall not effect this provision.

    3.2.5 In the event that only the complainant pays for the renewal of the domain name, prior to the expiration of the Auto-renew Grace Period the registrar will: Place the name on REGISTRAR HOLD and REGISTRAR LOCK, with the result that the name will no longer resolve in the DNS. Modify the WHOIS entry for the domain name to indicate that the name is the subject to a UDRP dispute, and to remove all specific registration information for the WHOIS record. If the complaint is terminated prior to a panel decision being rendered, but after the domain name reaches this state, the domain name will be deleted.

    3.2.6 Where only the complainant paid the renewal fee for a domain name the subject of a UDRP action and the complainant's UDRP case fails, if the relevant registry's normal renewal grace period has expired, the domain name will be deleted.

    3.2.7 In all other cases, the registrar shall comply with the outcome of the UDRP dispute in accordance with its regular policies.

    3.3 Deletion following a complaint on WHOIS accuracy

    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.

    7. Discussion on WIPO recommendations regarding names and acronyms of International Intergovernmental Organisations [20 mins]
    From: http://www.icann.org/minutes/prelim-report-12mar03.htm

    Whereas, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) sent ICANN a letter dated 21 February 2003
    providing information about two decisions, concerning recommendations about the names and acronyms of International Intergovernmental Organizations and about country names, which WIPO member states requested be transmitted to ICANN;

    Whereas, Article XI-A, Section 1(6) of the bylaws provides that "The Governmental Advisory Committee, in addition to the Supporting Organizations and other Advisory Committees, shall have an opportunity to comment upon any external advice received prior to any decision by the Board";

    Whereas, the WIPO recommendations appear to be directed to substantive policies relating to generic top-level domains, and are thus within the policy-development scope of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO);

    Whereas, the Board believes that in the future a policy-development process should be initiated in the GNSO concerning issues discussed in the WIPO letter, but believes that the formulation of the issues would benefit from comments from Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees before the process is formally initiated;

    Resolved [03.22] that Board hereby requests the President to inform the Governmental Advisory Committee, the Supporting Organizations, and the other Advisory Committees of the 21 February 2003 letter from WIPO; to provide those bodies with a copy of the text of the letter; and to invite them to provide, no later than 12 May 2003, any comments they may formulate, according to their processes, concerning the matters discussed in the WIPO letter.

    Note the Government Advisory Committee has responded as follows from: http://www.gac.icann.org/RioMeeting/CommuniqueRioDeJaneiro.htm

    4. WIPO II recommendations on names of countries and Inter Governmental Organisations (IGO)

    4.1 GAC considered the WIPO communication to ICANN of 21 February 2003 and the ICANN request for Advice, 12 March 2003. GAC took note that the WIPO II recommendation to ICANN was based on a formal decision by Member States, resulting from more than two years' work in the official WIPO instances.

    4.2 GAC's Advice to ICANN is as below:

    GAC endorses the WIPO II recommendations that the names and acronyms of IGOs and country names should be protected against abusive registration as domain names.

    GAC advises the ICANN Board to implement the WIPO II recommendations regarding the protection of the names of Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGO) and the protection of Country Names in the Domain Name System.

    As the practical and technical aspects of extending this protection, and notably the implications for the UDRP, need to be fully understood, GAC proposes that a joint working group should be established in conjunction with other interested ICANN constituencies, in particular the gTLD and ccTLD communities.

    8. UDRP Task Force - [10 mins]
    - propose closing down the current task force and re-initiating the policy development process under the new GNSO Policy development process
    - UDRP review needs to take into account experience with new tlds, and the recommendations from WIPO on names and acronyms of International Intergovernmental Organisations
    - Council to vote to initiate a new policy development process and seek an issues report from the ICANN Staff Manager on current UDRP issues taking into account of the work done so far by the UDRP task force and recent developments.
    - allow staff 45 days for this report to be completed.

    9. Report from gtld committee - Philip Sheppard [10 mins]
    - progress to provide a recommendation
    "on whether to structure the evolution of the generic top level namespace and, if so, how to do so."

    10. Any other business

    Agenda topics for next meeting (22 May 2003)
    o updated rules of procedure for GNSO council
    o ratify election for Board seat #13
    o Budget update
    o Structure for additional gtlds
    o Staff Manager's report on Privacy

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