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Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Working Group Publishes its Initial Report

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part B Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group has published its Initial Report today. The IRTP Part B Policy Development Process (PDP) is the second in a series of five PDPs that address areas for improvements in the existing Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy. The Working Group was tasked to address five issues focusing on issues related to domain hijacking, the urgent return of an inappropriately transferred name and “lock status”. The Initial Report presents a number of preliminary conclusions and recommendations for Community input, including a proposed Expedited Transfer Reverse Policy. The WG will organize an information and consultation session at the ICANN Meeting in Brussels (see http://brussels38.icann.org/ for further details), following which a 20-day public comment forum will be opened on 5 July (see http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/). All those interested are encouraged to provide their input on the report and its preliminary conclusions / recommendations so that the WG can take these into account when finalizing its report following the closing of the public comment forum.

Background

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) aims to provide a straightforward procedure for domain name holders to transfer their names from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another should they wish to do so. The policy also provides standardized requirements for registrar handling of such transfer requests from domain name holders. The policy is an existing community consensus policy that was implemented in late 2004 and is now being reviewed by the GNSO.

Further information

Staff responsible: Marika Konings


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