Time for ICANN to Protect Existing Registrants of IDN.com against Confusion from Duplication from Transliterations Dot Com
Dear ICANN, The main problem I see with the Bottom Up process, so vaunted by Verisign is that it seems to largely neglect the interests of Registrants but focuses on the vested interests of the big Registries and Registrars. Far from being concerned about future restrictions being place on Verisign, what I want to see is evidence of them being contractually committed to undertakings that they have already made as part of the application procedure. I accept that the nature of this document is broad and it is potentially an enabling document for the kind of contractual commitments that I believe ICANN owes the registrants of IDN.com going back nearly a decade. It is, however, wholly unacceptable and against ICANN's own statements of Mission to allow Audible duplication of domains. In other words, we have a situation were there is Audible confusion between extentions. Verisign promised with their application that these domains would effectively be bundled so that only the owner of the original dot com can register them. But there is no evidence that there is going to be any kind of contractual obligation to do so, or even an indication that there is not going to a massive price differential between English and other version of dot Com. Furthermore, even at this late stage there is no clarity of how this issue is going to be effectively addressed yet alone resolved. Unless this happens the whole gTLD process, because even none IDN name are potentially also affected, must be deemed another colossal Institutional failure from ICANN, that will doubt result in endless litigation. I know you under huge pressure now in terms of time, but this issue has already dragged on for a decade and despite delayed deadlines and undertaking to ensure you get things right there is no clarity on key issues that affect the security and stability of the Internet. Now, is not only the time to do it, but it is time to do it right. And I entirely disagree with the Verisign approach to close the door on possibility of correcting problems that they have dragged their feet on resolving at this juncture. If they want to have closure, then it time for them to stop ducking the issues and step up to the mark and do the right thing now. ICANN must be seen to be protecting the one group whose interest it should have been Championing all along and that is the much neglected domain Registrants. So I have no problem in principal with this document, but see it only as basis for a tighter contractual framework that extends well beyond its scope, particular for IDN domains, where there are so many lose ends regarding Transliterated IDN versions of existing gTLDs. Best Regards Dave Wrixon BSc (Hons) DMS CEng MICE MIStruct E Contracts Manager Structures Asset Management Carillion CARILLION VALUES Openness - Collaboration - Mutual Dependency - Professional Delivery -Sustainable Profitable Growth - Innovation ********************************************************************** This e-mail transmission, including any attachments, is confidential to the intended recipient. It may contain privileged and confidential information. If you have received this e-mail in error, please delete it and notify the postmaster@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. You must not disclose its contents to anyone, retain, copy, distribute or take action in reliance upon it. Carillion may monitor outgoing and incoming e-mails. By replying to this e-mail you give your consent to such monitoring. Carillion plc: Registered in England No. 3782379 Registered Office: Birch Street Wolverhampton WV1 4HY. This message has been scanned for viruses by BlackSpider MailControl http://www.blackspider.com/, however, Carillion does not accept any responsibility for viruses and it is your responsibility to scan or otherwise check this e-mail and any attachments.