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Username: sjmetalitz
Date/Time: Thu, June 1, 2000 at 11:07 PM GMT
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Subject: ICANN budget -- registrar liaison


One commendable aspect of the proposed budget calls for creating an additional full-time position with the title "Registrar Liaison."   The justification given for the increase is "increased workload in the registrar accreditation area," and the need for "administration and monitoring of accreditation agreements."

Accredited registrars have undertaken significant obligations regarding the quality and accessibility of registrant contact data, a key element in efforts to combat copyright piracy on the Internet.   ICANN needs to enhance its capability to monitor the activities of registrars to ensure compliance, and to provide an efficient and effective mechanism for dealing with third-party complaints of non-compliance.  This need will only grow as more registrars (both within and outside the existing gTLDs) become subject to these or similar obligations. Copyright owner groups welcome the proposal to upgrade ICANN's compliance capability by adding an additional full-time registrar liaison, and look forward to working with
him/her, and with the accredited registrars, to promote greater compliance and to improve communication between copyright owners and registrars. 

Steven J. Metalitz
Counsel, Copyright Coalition on Domain Names


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