[Gnso-newgtld-wg] Proposal re Closed Generics

Justine Chew justine.chew at gmail.com
Thu Feb 20 07:28:07 UTC 2020

While I remain undecided on supporting either a full ban on closed generics
or (what I call) a qualified ban per the special case conditions proposed
by Alan, I strongly suggest that any consideration of Alan's proposal
should also include the following:

Insertion as *material* in the relevant RA for a closed generic TLD that is
a generic word, *such terms and conditions*:

(1)  to be derived from the applicant's submission on the use of the closed
generic TLD as being in the public interest;
(2)  which prohibit any action considered as anti-competitive (eg.
discriminatory registration policies in favour of certain parties or
against competitors in the applicable industry);
(3)  which govern any dealings on the disposal and/or future use of the
closed TLDs - that (1) and (2) must be adhered to *at all times and by any
party which operates or acquires the rights under the RA*; and
(4)  to stipulate that launching for SLD registration for the closed
generic TLD by the (first) RO must take place within 2 years of signing the

the breach of one or more of which will constitute cause for termination of
the RA.


On Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 13:48, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>

> While talking to a colleague today, I realized a problem with my
> proposal. I was thinking that there would (or could ) only be a small
> number of applications that could be deemed to be for closed TLDs
> that are generic words and in the public interest. That may indeed be
> true. However, there may well be MANY such applications twhere the
> applicant beleives their use will be in the public interest, and a
> large load of such cases going to the Board will not work.
> The change is to restrict applicants to not-for-profit entities only.
> This is in keeping with the nature of the one example that has been raised.
> Note that due to the unfortunate timing of the SubPro meeting being
> scheduled in conflict with the EPDP, I will likely not be on the SubPro
> call.
> To make my position clear, other than this special case I am
> proposing, I would NOT support the delegation of closed generics.
> Alan
> At 18/02/2020 07:43 PM, Alan Greenberg wrote:
> >The SubPro meeting today began discussing Closed Generics.
> >
> >One of my interventions was that although I was strongly opposed to
> >closed generics in the general case, I did support the concept that
> >a closed generic could be in the public interest, with the example
> >of .disaster operating by the International Red Cross as the example.
> >
> >I proposed that we allow closed generic applications, but the
> >decision on whether a particular application would move forward or
> >not would rest with the ICANN Board.
> >
> >The Board would have to agree, by an overwhelming majority (say at
> >least 90% of sitting, non-conflicted, Board members) that the TLD
> >would be in the public interest.
> >
> >The decision would be final and not appealable through the ICANN
> >Reconsideration or IRP processes. This latter condition would
> >require an amendment to the ICANN Bylaws to exempt such decision
> >from the accountability measures, but this is identical to an
> >amendment being recommended by the CCWG-Auction Proceeds, so there
> >is a current precedent.
> >
> >If, despite the fact that the decision would have to be near
> >unanimous, there is still distrust of the ICANN Board in this
> >matter, the approval of such TLDs could be subject to the Empowered
> >Community Approval or Rejection Actions (also requiring a Bylaw
> >change). However, in my mind, such caution would be overkill.
> >
> >This proposal would allow a closed generic when it is clearly (in
> >the view of the Board) in the Public Interest.
> >
> >Alan
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