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[council] Public Comments in 6 UN langauges open until 5 October: Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B Policy Development Process

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  • Subject: [council] Public Comments in 6 UN langauges open until 5 October: Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B Policy Development Process
  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 15:47:41 -0700
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Public Comment: Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B Policy Development 

14 September 2009

Input requested

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), the body of ICANN responsible 
for policy development relating to generic Top-Level Domains, is asking for 
public comments on issues relating to procedures for modifying registration 
information and transferring domain names between registers to inform the 
deliberations of the Working Group created to address these issues. 
Specifically, comments on establishing a new urgent return procedure for 
challenging potentially fraudulent domain name transfers or alterations, 
potential measures to undo inappropriate transfers and the use of Registrar 
Lock Status are requested from the broader community. The details of the issues 
being considered are provided below. 


The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) aims to provide a straightforward 
procedure for domain name holders to transfer their names from one 
ICANN-accredited registrar to another. The policy is an existing GNSO consensus 
policy (for more information about consensus policies, please see 
http://www.icann.org/en/general/consensus-policies.htm) that was implemented in 
late 2004 and is now being reviewed by the GNSO Council. In order to facilitate 
this review, the Council has sub-divided the issues and initiated a Policy 
Development Process (PDP) on those issues grouped together in part B on 24 June 
2009. An IRTP Part B Working Group was chartered to review and provide 
recommendations on the following issues: 

Whether a process for urgent return/resolution of a domain name should be 
developed, as discussed within the Security and Stability Advisory Committee 
(SSAC) hijacking report 
(http://www.icann.org/announcements/hijacking-report-12jul05.pdf [PDF, 400K]); 
see also (http://www.icann.org/correspondence/cole-to-tonkin-14mar05.htm); 
Whether additional provisions on undoing inappropriate transfers are needed, 
especially with regard to disputes between a Registrant and Admin Contact (AC). 
The policy is clear that the Registrant can overrule the AC, but how this is 
implemented is currently at the discretion of the registrar; 
Whether special provisions are needed for a change of registrant when it occurs 
near the time of a change of registrar. The policy does not currently deal with 
change of registrant, which often figures in hijacking cases; 
Whether standards or best practices should be implemented regarding use of a 
Registrar Lock status (e.g. when it may/may not, should/should not be applied); 
Whether, and if so, how best to clarify denial reason #7: A domain name was 
already in 'lock status' provided that the Registrar provides a readily 
accessible and reasonable means for the Registered Name Holder to remove the 
lock status. 
Background documents / links

Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy - 
GNSO Issues Report on IRTP Part B - 
http://gnso.icann.org/issues/transfers/irtp-report-b-15may09.pdf [PDF, 300K] 
Translations of the GNSO Issues Report on IRTP Part B: 
IRTP Part B Working Group Wiki: 
IRTP Part B WG Mail Archives: http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-irtp-b-jun09/ 
ICANN Glossary - http://www.icann.org/en/general/glossary.htm 
Staff responsible: Marika Konings 

Deadline and how to submit comments

Comments are welcome via e-mail to irtp-b@xxxxxxxxx until 5 October 2009. 

Access to the public comment forum from which comments can be posted can be 
found at 

An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at 

As an experiment, in order to inform possible changes to the GNSO policy 
development process, a public comment box has been opened in the 6 UN languages 
(Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian) in which comments will 
also be accepted.

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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