[CCWG-ACCT] "Christmas trees" and "Consumer Trust" in Article 1 of the Bylaws

Dr Eberhard W Lisse el at lisse.na
Thu Jan 14 13:52:03 UTC 2016

ICANN does not manage the root zone, the IANA and soon the PTI does.


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> On 14 Jan 2016, at 01:00, Andrew Sullivan <ajs at anvilwalrusden.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 05:50:00PM -0500, Avri Doria wrote:
>> Are incumbent gTLDs included within the "certain parts of the DNS" that
>> ICANN should manage?
> Actually, my view is that ICANN shouldn't manage TLDs at all.  It
> should manage delegations from the root zone.  Some of those
> delegations came with (more or less elaborate) rules around what made
> the delegation acceptable, and I can see my way to agreeing that ICANN
> should also be in a position to enforce such rules on the grounds that
> they were the basis for the original delegation (setting aside whether
> they should have been).  Some continations of an agreement around
> delegation have also come with rules about what ICANN wanted as a
> basis for not finding a new operator of the enclosed name space;
> again, on the basis of existing commercial agreements I think ICANN
> should be in a position to enforce such rules.
> I note that this enforcement includes a duty to escrow the TLD's
> registration data (for some value thereof) in such a way that, if the
> operator of the TLD in question were to misbehave, ICANN would be in a
> position to undertake a forced redelegation.  But note that merely
> moves the actual management of the TLD itself to some other operator,
> and does not actually make ICANN the manager of that subordinate
> namespace.
> Best regards,
> A
> -- 
> Andrew Sullivan
> ajs at anvilwalrusden.com
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