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Request for Information on Domain Tasting

In view of the increase in domain tasting, the GNSO Council recently considered an Issues Report on Domain Tasting [PDF, 425K] and resolved to form an ad hoc group for further fact-finding on the effects of this practice. The ad hoc group has prepared a Request for Information [PDF, 25K] to assist in gathering facts and opinions, while inviting both qualitative and quantitative input. The group would especially appreciate statistical and other empirical evidence to support your responses, or references to potential sources of information. To be considered by the group, information should be submitted no later than 15 September 2007 to rfi-domaintasting@icann.org. Comments may be viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/rfi-domaintasting/. For further information, please see the FAQ [PDF, 13K].

The easiest method of providing your answers and comments, and information related to this RFI, is via the electronic survey available at this link. Responses made to the survey, updated in real time, are available here.



Intellectual Property Constituency (“IPC”)
Supplemental Request for Information on Domain Tasting

As noted above, the GNSO Council formed an ad hoc group for further fact-finding on the effects of this practice. The ad hoc group prepared questions to assist in gathering facts and opinions, while inviting both qualitative and quantitative input. The ad hoc group decided that its questions should be general in scope, and that each constituency could pose its own additional questions if it so desired.

The IPC has prepared these questions to gather facts and opinions about domain tasting from its members, trademark owners, and their representatives. The results will be provided in aggregate form to the ad hoc group as additional qualitative and quantitative input. Although the results will be provided in aggregate form, identifying information such as name, organization, telephone number, and email address has been requested to enable IPC representatives to verify a random sampling of responses. Accordingly, while the IPC encourages and welcomes broad participation, please participate in this request for information only if you are willing to provide the requested identifying information and to discuss your responses if contacted.

To be considered by the group, information should be submitted no later than 15 September 2007 20 September 2007, 11.59pm EST [updated 11 Sep].

The IPC is conducting this supplemental RFI to provide additional information to the ad hoc group. It was designed and written in full by IPC members. The IPC would, however, like to thank ICANN staff for its assistance in making the RFI available as an online survey.

The IPC's Supplemental Request for Information on Domain Tasting is available via the electronic survey available at this link.

 


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Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."