The Business Constituency and the Intellectual Property Constituency have written a joint statement concerning minimum safeguards for the introduction of new TLDs. This paper is attached and a summary of its key points follows. Our objective is to create new Internet domain names in a way which simultaneously meets the global desire for more names and reduces the potential for consumer fraud and confusion.
1. Registration Requirements and Procedures
All registrants in new TLDs should be required to:
Grounds for revocation should include:
Chartered TLDs need special rules to cover:
The UDRP has shown its worth in the steady removal of bad faith domain registrations. It is essential that:
All applications for new TLDs should provide for unfettered public access, with robust searchability, to a current cross-registry database of contact data, including
4. Start up phase
The intentional registration of trademarks by parties other than their owners leads to confusion at best and fraud at worst. In this regard, it is critical to have a procedure for the pre-registration of trademarks of 1 year or more standing.
This summary is not the definitive text of the joint BC/IPC proposals. Please read the full paper for the relevant detail. It should be noted that additional safeguards may be identified as we gain more knowledge of the TLDs being proposed to ICANN.
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