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Meeting of the Executive Committee Preliminary Report

At its meeting on 6 January 2001, the ICANN Executive Committee adopted the following resolutions:

Payment of Legal Expenses

Whereas, the Corporation had significant needs for legal services in the months of October and November 2000, including for the implementation of the new TLD program authorized by resolutions 00.46 through 00.51;

Whereas, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue provided extensive legal services to meet these needs;

Whereas, the Corporation received invoices from Jones, Day totalling $465,553.67 in connection with legal services provided to the Corporation during the months of October and November 2000;

Whereas, the President reviewed the invoices and determined that in his opinion they are proper and should be paid;

Whereas, the President advised the Executive Committee's members of his opinion that the invoices should be paid, and they unanimously advised of their agreement that payment should be made in a timely manner;

Whereas, the President paid the invoices by check;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED [EC01.1] that the President's payment of $465,553.67 to Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue on invoices for legal
services during the months of October and November 2000 is hereby authorized and ratified.

InterNIC License and Services

Whereas, on 4 November 1999, in resolution 99.132, the Board approved the ICANN's entry into various agreements among NSI, the United States Department of Commerce, and ICANN;

Whereas, resolution 99.133 authorized the President to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreements;

Whereas, one aspect of the agreements was the phase-out of NSI's use of the name "InterNIC" and its operation of certain services provided to the Internet community under that name;

Whereas, the U.S. Department of Commerce has requested ICANN, as contemplated at the time of the November 1999 agreements, to assume the role of providing or coordinating the provision of these services;

Whereas, the President has presented to the Executive Committee a proposed license under which the U.S. Department of Commerce would license the "InterNIC" service mark to ICANN for its use in providing the InterNIC services;

RESOLVED [EC01.2] that the President and Vice-President are authorized to enter into a license for the InterNIC service mark in substantially the form presented to the Executive Committee;

RESOLVED [EC01.3] that the President is authorized to take appropriate steps to provide or arrange for the provision of InterNIC services as contemplated by the license.

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."