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A Webmasters' Symposium at Internet World-Chicago 2000
July 11, 2000 - 3:10 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.
  • Domain names are now the basis of a virtual global real estate market. The documents and links below mark milestones in the evolution of the flourishing domain name industry.


U.S. General Accounting Office Report - Department of Commerce: Relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (GAO/OGC-00-33R): 7-Jul-00

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Index of Policy Papers and Comments

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Management of Internet Names and Addresses ("White Paper"): 5-Jun-98
Specifies the how the U.S. Department of Commerce will transfer the administration of domain names and IP addresses to the private sector.
DOC/NSI Cooperative Agreement, Amendment 11: Special Award Conditions: 7-Oct-98
Extends the Cooperative Agreement until September 30, 2000 and sets forth a timetable for Network Solutions to develop a Shared Registry System
DOC/ICANN Memorandum of Understanding: 25-Nov-98
Outlines the respective responsibilities of the Dept of Commerce and ICANN in conformity with the DNS Project to undertake specific technical management functions.
DOC/ICANN Memorandum of Understanding, Amendment 1: 4-Nov-99
Approves ICANN's Registry Agreement with NSI; all rights in contracts to be assigned to DOC if recognition of ICANN is withdrawn by DOC
DOC/NSI Cooperative Agreement, Amendment 19: 4-Nov-99
NSI agrees to recognize ICANN as "NewCo" in accordance with Amendment 11 of the Cooperative Agreement; includes terms if registry or registrar agreement is terminated by ICANN. 
ICANN Meetings in Yokahama: 14/17-Jul-00
Agendas, meeting schedules of DNSO and GAC, links to webcast and remote participation
Introduction of New Top Level Domains: 13-Jun-00
History of discussion, suggested principles, public comment
Summary of ICANN Board actions being considered
ICANN Organizational Charts
Two different views of ICANN's evolving structure
ICANN/NSI Registry Agreement: 4-Nov-99
Provides terms under which NSI will operate the .COM, .NET and .ORG registry, including data escrow, publication of registry data, rights in data, and procedures for disputing ICANN's "consensus policies"
Registrar Accreditation Agreement: 4-Nov-99
Required of all ICANN registrars in order to register domain names with the .COM, .NET and .ORG registry operated by NSI.
NSI Registrar License and Agreement: 4-Nov-99
The agreement by which competitive ICANN-accredited registrars are permitted to place and renew registrations in the .COM, .NET and .ORG registry
Accredited Registrars
Updated 30-May-00; ICANN has accredited 124 registrars worldwide.
Operational Registrars
43 as of 30-May-00; list does not include resellers such as OpenSRS
RFC 2832: NSI Registry Registrar Protocol (RRP) Version 1.1.0: May-00
Describes a protocol developed by NSI Registry for use within the Shared Registration System
gTLD Registry WHOIS
.COM, .NET and .ORG WHOIS database operated by Network Solutions Registry 
Country Code TLDs (ccTLDs)
244 country codes listed, from .AC (Ascension Island) to .ZW (Zimbabwe)
ccTLD Delegation Practices: May-99
A summary of current practices and principles of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) in administering RFC 1591, which applies recursively to all DNS delegations.
Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO) Names Council Statement on new gTLDs: 19-Apr-00
Recommends that a limited number of new TLDs be introduced initially and that additional TLDs be introduced only after careful evaluation of the first roll-out
DNSO Working Group C Report (Part 1) on the Introduction of New gTLDs: 21-Mar-00
Sets out the rough consensus of the group that ICANN should begin the deployment of new gTLDs with an initial rollout of six to ten new gTLDs
Addendum - Rough Consensus Items: 17-Apr-00
Presents consensus that the initial roll-out should include a range of TLDs from open to restricted TLDs with more limited scope and principles for assessing a gTLD application
DNSO Names Council Resolution on Famous Marks and the Introduction of new gTLDs: 19-May-00
Recommends varying degrees of protection for intellectual property during the startup phase of new TLDs but without creating immunity from the UDRP or other legal proceeding should a domain name registrant in a chartered TLD violate the charter or other legal enforceable rights.
DNSO Working Group B Final Report on Famous Marks: 15-May-00
Lists three consensus points, including that there does not appear to be the need for creating a list of universally famous marks at this time
U.S. Trademark Cybersquatting Prevention (a.k.a. Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act): 29-Nov-99
Amends the Trademark Act of 1946 by incorporating provisions against "bad faith" domain name registrations
Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP): 24-Oct-99
Mandatory administrative proceeding (arbitration) for complaints of "bad faith" domain name registrations
Rules for the UDRP: 24-Oct-99
Governs the administrative proceedings for the resolution of disputes under the Uniform Dispute ResolutionPolicy
Index to Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy Documents and Providers
Includes the list of approved dispute resolution providers, UDRP statistical summary, proceedings by domain name, commencement date or proceeding number
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Database
Includes both pending and registered federal trademarks in the U.S.


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