PAB Re: The "Statement of Principles"

Bob Helfant (
Mon, 01 Jun 1998 13:19:21 -0400

I find the part about IANA currently having control over all TLDs a little
out of line. I have signed the orginal MoU and didn't have to agree to
that statement. It is clearly not true, or CORE would have its 7 TLDs in
the root by now. Are you really asking people to sign this or are you
looking for concencus and/or suggestions to release this statement as an
MoU lite?

Bob Helfant
GlobeComm, Inc.

At 09:23 AM 6/1/98 -0700, Kent Crispin wrote:
>To gtld-discuss:
>While you are twiddling your thumbs waiting for the white paper,
>here's something to think about:
>Appended is a draft "Statement of Principles". It is intended that a
>signature on this document would be sufficient to become a member of
>PAB. Note that signatures must be from bona fide entities.
>Also note that explicitly, a signature does not legally bind a
>signatory to anything. Thus, membership is essentially open --
>instead of charging $35/year or something like that, the basic
>membership requirement is being a bona fide entity with sufficient
>interest to go to the trouble of submitting a signature.
>This declaration represents an agreement among the undersigned on a
>broad statement of principles that should govern 1) the administration
>of the global domain name system (DNS) of the Internet, and 2) the set
>of generic top level domains (gTLDs).
>This statement is not intended to and shall not impose legal
>obligations on those who sign.
> I. The administration of the DNS is now under the control of the
> Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a private organization
> that derives its authority from its standing in the Internet
> community, and by charter from the Internet Architecture Board, the
> fundamental standards body of the Internet.
> II. IANA currently has control over all TLDs in the global DNS,
> including the ISO 3166 Country Code TLDs (ccTLDs), the specialized
> TLDs (sTLDs), and the generic TLDs (gTLDs). ccTLD registries are
> delegated by IANA to appropriate political authorities; sTLDs are
> governed by charters approved by IANA, and gTLDs are governed by
> a tradition of fair use codified in RFCs and IANA policies.
> III. Administration of the DNS should remain under the control of a
> private organization, either IANA or some organization derived from
> IANA, in the legal form of a corporation or otherwise. This
> organization should operate in the public interest, for the benefit
> of the Internet, not for profit; and must be responsive to public
> policy concerns.
> IV. Administration of the DNS should not at any time be under the
> control of any national government.
> V. Each gTLD registry shall be subject to the following policies or
> principles, enforced ultimately by IANA, or its successor:
> (a) IANA, or its successor, shall determine when and whether to
> create new gTLDs including specification of the alphanumeric
> strings, the timing of introduction of new gTLDs, and the number of
> gTLDs, through an open, unbiased, public procedure.
> (b) The data in each registry shall be freely available to the
> public, subject only to restrictions relating to privacy.
> (c) gTLD registries shall operate in the public interest on a cost
> recovery basis and not for profit, under the ultimate supervision
> of IANA (or its successor).
> (d) Access for registration of second level domains in all gTLD
> registries shall be equally available to all qualified registrars
> on a non-discriminatory basis. The qualifications for registrars
> will be under the control of IANA (or its successor).
> (e) IANA (or its successor) will establish a uniform procedure for
> resolving disputes involving trademarks and other intellectual
> property issues concerning domain names. This procedure will
> offer an efficient and inexpensive means of dispute resolution
> without supplanting or interfering with the jurisdiction of
> national courts or the rights of Internet users to have resort to
> the courts.
> (f) Registration services for second level domain names in the
> gTLDs should be globally distributed, and, except in exceptional
> circumstances, should be shared among all registrars that meet
> appropriate technical qualifications.
>Kent Crispin, PAB Chair "No reason to get excited",
> the thief he kindly spoke...
>PGP fingerprint: B1 8B 72 ED 55 21 5E 44 61 F4 58 0F 72 10 65 55