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[Comment-Ip] ICANN and WIPO in Berlin
The latest agenda items for the Berlin ICANN meeting
(http://www.icann.org/berlin/berlin-details.html) suggest that "[t]he
ICANN Board of Directors will meet to discuss and vote on any pending
resolutions with regard to...WIPO Final Report, including annexes." ICANN
has invited public comment on the WIPO report
(http://www.icann.org/wipo/wipo.htm) and has stated that "[c]omments
received by midnight, U.S. West Coast time, May 21, will be considered
by the ICANN Board of Directors in advance of any action on these matters
at the May 27 ICANN Board meeting in Berlin."
Of course, "any action" on WIPO could include accepting and implementing
the report's recommendations, but it could also include referring the
report to the DNSO. I would respectfully suggest that the ICANN Board
take the latter approach.
Not only will this approach ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that
the community finds consensus on what has been a controversial document,
but it could provide the additional time necessary to allow the election
of the nine at-large board members and the election of board members from
the three Supporting Organizations. The domain name issues raised by the
WIPO Report are some of the most difficult issues facing ICANN, and they
should be resolved within the SO structure and by the permanent board.
-- Bret Fausett