ICANN Resolutions » 2003-06-02 - WIPO-2 Recommendations

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2003-06-02 - WIPO-2 Recommendations

Resolution of the ICANN Board
WIPO-2 Recommendations

Board directs ICANN President to form working group to analyze implementation of WIPO letter's recommendations, and directs President and General Counsel to analyze relationship between ICANN's mission and WIPO letter's recommendations.

Meeting Date: 
Mon, 2 Jun 2003
Resolution Number: 
03.83, 03.84
Implementation Actions: 
  • Form joint working group, in consultation with GNSO Council, ALAC, GAC, and Board, to analyze both implementation of WIPO letter recommendations and implications for UDRP.
    • Responsible entity: ICANN Staff
    • Due date: None provided
    • Completion date: 10 October 2003
  • Investigate and analyze relationship between ICANN's mission and WIPO letter's recommendations, and report results to Board and joint working group.
    • Responsible entity: ICANN Staff, Office of General Counsel
    • Due date: None provided
    • Completion date: 10 October 2003
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) sent ICANN a letter dated 21 February 2003 providing information about two decisions, concerning recommendations about the names and acronyms of International Intergovernmental Organizations and about the names of countries, which WIPO member states requested be transmitted to ICANN;

Whereas, in resolution 03.22 the Board requested the President to inform the Governmental Advisory Committee, the Supporting Organizations, and the other Advisory Committees of the 21 February 2003 letter from WIPO and to invite their comments;

Whereas, advice and comments were received from the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the GNSO Council, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and the Intellectual Property Interests and the Commercial and Business Users Constituencies of the GNSO;

Whereas, the Board has considered the advice and comments received, as well as the discussion and analysis in the 1 June 2003 General Counsel's Briefing Concerning Policy-Development Process on WIPO-2 Recommendations;

Resolved [03.83] that the President is directed to form, in consultation with the chairs of the GNSO Council, the ALAC, and the GAC, a working group including participants in the GNSO, the ALAC, and the GAC as well as Board members, for the purpose of analyzing the practical and technical aspects of implementing the WIPO recommendations, and notably the implications for the UDRP; and

Further resolved [03.84] that the President and General Counsel are directed to investigate and analyze legal aspects of the relationship between ICANN's mission and the recommendations conveyed by the 12 February 2003 letter from WIPO, and to report to the Board and to the working group formed under resolution 03.83 on the result of that investigation and analysis. Among topics to be considered should be whether implementation of the WIPO recommendations would require ICANN to prescribe adherence to normative rules, not based on established laws, for the resolution of competing third-party claims to rights to register names.
(The Board approved the above resolutions by a 15-1-0 vote, with Mr. Auerbach voting against.)

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