ICANN Resolutions » 2004-02-18 - Approval of Registry-proposed IDN Testbed Migration Processes
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Board authorizes amendment to .COM, .NET, and .ORG registry agreements to implement proposed IDN testbed migration processes.
After discussion, the Board of Directors, passed the following resolution unanimously by a 13-0 vote:Whereas, ICANN has authorized PIR (.org Registry) and VeriSign (.com and .net Registries) to proceed with Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) implementations in accordance with the published IDN Guidelines.
Whereas, both registries have pre-existing IDN registrations associated with the VeriSign IDN testbed launched in 2000.
Whereas, in its meeting on 25 September 2000, in resolutions numbered 00.77 through 00.80, ICANN called on VeriSign to "conduct the testbed in full compliance with its agreements with ICANN", urged "participating registrars to handle registrations within the testbed in a manner that protects the interests and expectations of both domain-name holders and affected third parties", and directed staff to report to the Board whether any addenda to the agreements with Verisign Global Registry Services are appropriate to facilitate the operation of the testbed in a manner that protects those interests and expectations, including provisions that facilitate evolution of the testbed to match evolving standardization efforts within the IETF."
Whereas, PIR has announced its plans for migration of the testbed registrations in .org, and VeriSign has announced that its migration to the final IETF standard ("Punycode") for IDN registrations will be completed on April 24, 2004.
Whereas, not all registrars that participated in the IDN testbed will continue to support IDN registrations once the migration to the new standard is complete, and therefore the customers of those non-migrating registrars will need to have their domains transferred to a registrar that is migrating.
Whereas, PIR and VeriSign have formally requested amendments to their registry agreements with ICANN in order to implement temporary processes designed to facilitate the smooth migration of IDN registrations to migrating registrars.
Whereas, ICANN has reviewed the registry-proposed IDN migration processes and concludes that ICANN should consent to their implementation;
Resolved [04.15] that in order to allow for the implementation of the IDN migration processes proposed by PIR and VeriSign, the President and General Counsel are authorized to negotiate and enter into the necessary and appropriate amendments to the .com, .net and .org registry agreements and appendices.