[council] RE: New gTLD Program Committee resolution on "closed generic" strings
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- From: Bruce Tonkin <Bruce.Tonkin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 02:52:32 +0000
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For the rationale behind the resolution.
From: Bruce Tonkin
Sent: Wednesday, 6 February 2013 1:48 PM
Subject: RE: New gTLD Program Committee resolution on "closed generic" strings
The text has been updated on the ICANN website
The New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors has discussed
this issue and has also directed completion of a set of focused research and
analysis items to inform any possible action to be taken. At its 2 February
2013 meeting, the Committee passed the following resolution:
Whereas, the New gTLD Program Committee has received correspondence from the
community addressing "closed generic" TLDs and understands that members of the
community term a "closed generic" TLD as a TLD string that is a generic term
and is proposed to be operated by a participant exclusively for its own benefit.
Whereas, ICANN implemented the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
policy recommendations on the "Introduction of New Generic Top-Level Domains",
and within those policy recommendations there is no specific policy regarding
"closed generic" top-level domains (TLDs).
Whereas, members of the community have expressed concerns regarding
applications for "closed generic" TLDs.
Whereas, the New gTLD Program Committee considers that it is important to
understand all views and potential ramifications relating to 'closed generic'
Resolved (2013.02.02.NG01), the New gTLD Program Committee directs the
President and CEO to open a 30-day public comment forum on this topic, which
should include a call for identification of proposed objective criteria to
classify applied-for TLDs as "closed generic" TLDs.
Resolved (2013.02.02.NG02), the New gTLD Program Committee directs the
President and CEO to, concurrently with the opening of the public comment
forum, request the GNSO to provide guidance on the issue of "closed generic"
TLDs if the GNSO wishes to provide such guidance. Guidance on this issue is
requested to be provided by the close of the public comment forum.
Resolved (2013.02.02.NG03), the New gTLD Program Committee directs the
President and CEO to:
1. Summarize and analyze all comments submitted in the public comment
2. Review materials supporting the policy development process resulting
in the GNSO policy recommendations on the Introduction of New Generic Top-Level
Domains and provide analysis of any discussions relating to the limitations on
potential new gTLDs.
3. Analyze the feasibility of objectively classifying applied for TLDs
as "closed generic" TLDs.
4. Provide an analysis as to whether the public interest and principles
of international law are served by adopting a clear approach regarding 'closed
5. Provide a report to the New gTLD Program Committee informed by the
comments received and analysis conducted, including alternatives to addressing