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Username: InternetAdvocate
Date/Time: Tue, October 30, 2001 at 11:43 PM GMT (Tue, October 30, 2001 at 4:43 PM PDT)
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Subject: ICANN admits that DoC has final authority over TLD's.

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According to http://www.icann.org/tlds/correspondence/esi-v-icann-13nov00.htm:

Defendant Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is a California non-profit corporation with certain administrative responsibilities for technical management of the Internet, derivative of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Plaintiff Economic Solutions, Inc. has entered into a contract with the Central American country of Belize to attempt to commercially market Internet domain names ending with ".bz," Belize's country code top level domain ("TLD") suffix. Aware that ICANN's annual board meetings are to occur this week, plaintiff seeks a TRO enjoining ICANN from establishing a new generic TLD of ".biz," ".ebiz" or any other designation which would be confusingly similar to the ".bz" TLD.   

Contrary to plaintiff's initial understanding, ICANN represents that it has no authority to implement new TLDs, and that instead, it merely makes recommendations to the Commerce Department, which retains the ultimate authority to make such decisions. ICANN further represents that before any such recommendation would be made, ICANN would have to successfully negotiate a fairly complex agreement with the selected applicant.


     

 

Link: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT Order in Economic Solutions, Inc. v. ICANN (13 November 2000)


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