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Applicant Guidebook: Public Comments Analysis and Revised Excerpts

31 May 2009

Important Links

Analysis of Public Comment to Applicant Guidebook version 2 [PDF, 1,555K] 
Amended Guidebook Sections and Explanatory Memoranda 

The second version of the Applicant Guidebook for new generic top-level domains 
(gTLDs) generated continued public interest, as expressed by over 200 comments 

A comprehensive report [PDF, 1,555K] 
is being released today; comments are organised by topic and each are followed 
by analysis describing how the issues raised in the commentary can be reflected 
in the Guidebook. (A similar report [PDF, 588K] for the first version of the 
guidebook was posted in February 2009).

This analysis, the additional excerpts and explanatory memos allow people to 
see how their comments will affect the next version of the guidebook

The Highlights in this Round 

Many changes have been made as a result of the comments so far received. 
Discussions relating to the overarching issues will continue, and other subject 
areas have been revised and are being posted today as guidebook excerpts for 
public comments. 

One of the more significant is the recommendation that the proposed registry 
agreement for new gTLDs be modified to reflect a requirement that all 
registries offer "Thick" Whois service. Providing Whois service is a central 
obligation of gTLD registries and registrars under contract with ICANN. Many 
comments to the proposed registry agreement seek to mandate thick Whois for all 
new registries suggesting substantial benefits will result, including enhanced 
accessibility and enhanced stability.

Other revisions include proposed clarifications to: handling of geographical 
names, evaluation questions, comparative evaluation scoring, dispute resolution 
procedures and other registry agreement provisions. 

More Discussion and More Comment

These revisions along with all the others in this round will also be discussed 
at the ICANN meeting in Sydney starting June 21, 2009. The excerpts and 
analysis are supported by four explanatory memoranda.

The public comment period for the guidebook excerpts released today will be 
open until 20 July 2009. There are four overarching issues:, 

Trademark Protection 
The Economic Analysis of new gTLDs 
Financial Analysis 
Objection Process 
The comments received to the material released today, together with the 
outcomes of the discussions relating to the overarching issues will constitute 
the basis for the third version of the guidebook that will be published at the 
end of the third quarter 2009. 

Other New gTLD Program Updates 

ICANN continues to balance the need to progress with the new gTLD program with 
community concerns on specific aspects. With that in mind, the program is 
expected to launch (i.e., applications will be accepted) in the first quarter 
of 2010, but we will not open the process until concerns about the overarching 
issues have been addressed.

Between June and August 2009, ICANN will hold several public discussions 
designed to arrive at solutions to the overarching issues (focusing on 
Trademark Protection and Potential for Abusive Conduct) that were identified in 
the first version of the guidebook. These consultations will start in Sydney 
during the ICANN Meeting, followed by events in London on New York on 13 July, 
and London on 15 July. Outreach sessions in Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi to discuss 
the topics are also being arranged. Additional locations are still under 
consideration. More information about these events as well as pre-registrations 
will be announced shortly. 

Please continue checking the New gTLD program webpage for updates.

Related links 

Public comment summary and analysis (pdf):

Revised excerpts:

Public comment period for excerpts:

New gTLD program webpage

Public comment summary and analysis for guidebook's first version (pdf):

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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