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New gTLD Consultation: PDDRP and Agreement Amendment Processes

On 13 April 2010, ICANN convened an open consultation on the Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution and Registry Agreement Amendment Processes in the new gTLD program. This consultation was organized in response to a request from the Registry Stakeholder Group (RySG) to discuss concerns they have raised in their stakeholder meetings and public comments fora on new gTLDs.

Based on the discussion, ICANN is exploring setting-up a legal working group to draft new proposed contract language for public comment. This group may draft sets of potential solutions following on from the suggested set of compromises from the meeting on 13 April. In the meantime, a follow-up consultation to be facilitated by remote participation will be held on Monday, 3 May from 16:00 – 22:00 UTC (

Materials from the consultation are now available at under the Related Materials heading and include the MP3 recording, unofficial transcript of the MP3 recording, Adobe chat session transcript, RySG proposed agenda, and Registry Agreement Amendment Process (draft document for discussion purposes only).

If you would like to participate in the follow-up consultation, please submit an expression of interest to by 28 April.


    Domain Name System
    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"""" is not an IDN."