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PDP Locking of a Domain Name Working Group

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A discussion on the requirements of locking a domain name subject to UDRP Proceedings was initially conducted as part of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Part B Policy Development Process where it was noted that 'that locking a domain name registration subject to a UDRP dispute should be a best practice' however, the WG 'noted that any changes to making this a requirement should be considered in the context of any potential UDRP review'. Subsequently, an Issue Report was requested on the state of the UDRP in which this specific issue was also highlighted in various contributions (E.g. 'No requirement to lock names in period between filing complaint and commencement of proceedings', 'Need clarification of domain locking', 'Unclear what is meant by "Status Quo". No explanation of "Legal Lock" mechanisms and when they go into effect or when they should be removed'). As a result, the GNSO Council decided to initiate a PDP on this specific issue only.


Workinggroup Status

Web Presence:

Responsible Staff Member:

  • Marika Konings

Preliminary Issue Report:

Submitted on: 27 May 2011

Issue Report:

Submitted on: 03 October 2011

GNSO Resolution on the Initiation of the PDP:

Adopted on: 15 December 2011

Whereas the Registration Abuse Policies Working Group submitted a final report to the GNSO Council on 29 May 2010 (summary, see full resolution at the resolution page).

RESOLVED, that the GNSO approves the initiation of a PDP and the establishment of a Working Group on recommendation #7 of the IRTP Part B Working Group concerning the requirement to lock a domain name subject to UDRP proceedings, which the GNSO Council at its meeting on 22 June 2011 received and agreed to consider when it takes up consideration of the Final Issue Report on the Current State of the UDRP.

Working Group Charter:

Adopted on: 03 March 2012

Working Group Initial Report:

Submitted on: 15 March 2013

Working Group Final Report:

Submitted on: 05 July 2013

GNSO Adoption of the Final Report:

Adopted on: 1 August 2013

Public Comment Prior to ICANN Board Consideration:

Adopted on: 2 August 2013

ICANN Board Resolution Text:

Adopted on: 28 September 2013

GNSO Council Recommendations Report to the ICANN Board

Implementation Details:

Additional Information: