PAB Re: The "Statement of Principles"

Bob Helfant (
Mon, 01 Jun 1998 16:02:16 -0400

The logic that led you to your conclusion escapes me. I believe that the
USG could put names into the root at will. Isn't that what we have been
waiting for, USG approval?

Bob Helfant

At 11:23 AM 6/1/98 -0700, Paul Stahura wrote:
>Then by your logic NSI and the USG don't have control
>over it either, since they also have *not* put names in the root.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bob Helfant <>
>To: <>
>Cc: <>
>Date: Monday, June 01, 1998 10:24 AM
>Subject: Re: The "Statement of Principles"
>>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