Reconsideration Request 00-1
Date: January 27, 2000
Dear Mr. Smith:
The Reconsideration Committee of the ICANN Board has made the following recommendation regarding the request for reconsideration you submitted via three emails on 6 and 7 January, 2000 (posted at <http://www.icann.org/committees/reconsideration/recon-committee.htm>):
[RC 00-1] The Reconsideration Committee recommends that Reconsideration Request 00-1 (submitted on 6 and 7 January, 2000, by Russ Smith) be denied. Mr. Smith requests ICANN to reconsider "the revocation of domains ending in a '-' ..."
Mr. Smith appears to be operating under the mistaken impression that ICANN made a decision to revoke those names. ICANN does not have the ability to cancel or revoke specific domain names; rather, ICANN has the power to enforce the terms of its agreements with registries and registrars, which may require the cancellation of registrations performed by mistake. Nevertheless, the Committee notes that ICANN staff did indeed advise NSI-Registry and several ICANN-accredited registrars (1) that the registration of trailing-hyphen names would violate the specification for the Shared Registry System and (2) that the various agreements among NSI, ICANN, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the ICANN-accredited registrars require that all registered names must comply with the format specified in the registry's functional specification. In view of the ICANN staff's advice, the Reconsideration Committee will treat Mr. Smith's reconsideration request as a request to reconsider the staff's advice to NSI-Registry and the affected registrars.
The Committee notes the explanation of the ICANN staff in its Comment Concerning Trailing-Hyphen Domain Names, posted 7 January 2000:
The Committee has reviewed the relevant agreements, RFCs, and functional specifications and concludes that the ICANN staff was correct in its advice that the registration of domain names containing trailing hyphens contravenes the specification for the Shared Registry System, the elements of which are binding on NSI-Registry and the ICANN-accredited registrars.
The Committee has further examined the various allegations and claims made by Mr. Smith in his reconsideration request and finds them to be without merit.
Accordingly, the Committee recommends that the Board deny Mr. Smith's request for reconsideration, as well as his request for a temporary stay.
This recommendation will be forwarded to the ICANN Board and will be considered at its next meeting.