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PDP - Protecting the Rights of Others Working Group

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Archived Project 2007


The PRO-WG was formed as a sub-group of the GNSO's Committee for the Introduction of New Top-Level Domains to consider issues that related to the registration of names at the second level in new TLD registries. The GNSO Council considered the request to form a Working Group at its 1 February 2007 meeting and ratified the Statement of Work at its 15 March 2007 meeting.

The working group was tasked with "determine[ing] whether to recommend to [the GNSO] Council a best practices approach to providing any additional protections beyond the current registration agreement and UDRP policy for the legal rights of others during the domain name registration process, particularly during the initial start of a new gTLD. . . . A best practices document could be incorporated into the material for the application process for new gTLD applicants." In June 2007, that working group produced its final report.


Implementation Status

Web Presence:

Responsible Staff Member:

  • Liz Williams

Issue Report:

Submitted on: dd Month 200Y

  • Report: Not applicable
  • Public Comment: Not applicable

GNSO Resolution on the Initiation of the WG:

Adopted on: 01 February 2007

Summary: The Council approved the formation of the Working Group on Mechanisms to Protect Rights of Others, with a Statement of Work that will be revised to incorporate changes as indicated:........ [see link for details]

GNSO Resolution on the Approval of the WG Charter:

Adopted on: 15 March 2007

Summary: The GNSO Council approved the revised charter for the working group on "Protecting the rights of others

Background ........ [see link for details]

Working Group Charter:

Adopted on: 15 March 2007

Working Group Final Report:

Submitted on: 26 June 2007

  • Report
  • Public Comment: place full URL here

GNSO Adoption of the Final Report:

Adopted on: dd Month 201Y

Summary: Not applicable

Implementation Details:

Ultimately, the working group was not able to provide a "full support" list of rights protection mechanisms that could be universally applicable to all new TLDs, in part, because of the expected diversity in new types of registry businesses. However, the report did create six recommendations that could have been used as principles for new TLD operators to consider in their implementation plans. The report, including the recommendations, was provided to the larger GNSO Committee for new gTLDs to aid in developing their Final Report for the introduction of new gTLDs.

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