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[gnso-pro-wg] Rights Protection Mechanism Ad hoc Group

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  • Subject: [gnso-pro-wg] Rights Protection Mechanism Ad hoc Group
  • From: Liz Williams <liz.williams@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 16:59:09 +0200


Just following up on our weekend meeting in the context of the PRO- WG. I have set out below a suggestion for a way forward after consultation with Avri Doria, Kristina Rosette and Mike Rodenbaugh.


The PRO-WG recommendations suggested that the production of a reference implementation document on a variety of rights protection mechanisms may be useful for potential gTLD applicants.


To produce a reference implementation document on a range of possible rights protection mechanisms or circumstances that new gTLD applicants may consider in the application process. The work will not re-open the work of the PRO-WG but will provide some practical and user friendly descriptions about RPMs. The work may also describe conditions or circumstances that may make the use of an RPM unnecessary.

Please respond to me directly if you would like to be included in the work of this group. You may wish to invite other experts with experience in implementing RPMs or experience in establishing alternate models of TLDs that may not require an RPM, to participate in the group.

The group will begin its work work on Tuesday 10 July (suggested timing is 13h00 UTC 15h00 Brussels 17h00 11h00 Washington DC and 08h00 LA). The group's work will be completed by 15 October and will use the existing PRO-WG mailing list and archive which will be adjusted to include new members. The majority of the work will take place via email with fortnightly one hour conference calls to progress the work.

Baseline materials:

PRO WG Report -- http://gnso.icann.org/drafts/GNSO-PRO-WG- final-01Jun07.pdf


Plain language descriptions of a variety of RPMs that may be considered by applicants. This is a writing group concerned with implementation materials not a policy discussion group in the formal context of the policy development process for new TLDs.

[I'll prepare a template for the group and will assist with development of the work.]

Kind regards.


Liz Williams
Senior Policy Counselor
ICANN - Brussels
+32 2 234 7874 tel
+32 2 234 7848 fax
+32 497 07 4243 mob

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