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Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy – Denial of Transfers (Reasons #8 and #9)

Open: 26 June 08
Closed: 18 July 08

Explanation: As part of its ongoing efforts to review the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (the rules for transfer of domain names between registrars) the GNSO Council seeks community review and comment on two proposed revisions to the IRTP regarding reasons for which a registrar of record may deny a request to transfer a domain name to a new registrar. The two revisions being considered by the Council are referred to as Reason # 8 and Reason # 9. They are part of a larger policy development process (PDP) that has involved a subset of four reasons (Reason # 5 and # 7 in addition to # 8 and # 9) for which a registrar could deny a transfer request.

The overall IRTP review has become a considerable undertaking that could ultimately span as many as six separate policy development processes. A review of the current PDP involving Reasons # 8 and # 9 is set forth in the announcement for this comment forum.

On 17 April 2008, the GNSO Council launched a drafting group to develop suggested text modifications for Reasons 5, 7, 8 and 9. The drafting group delivered a Final Draft Report [PDF, 48K] dated 4 June 2008, proposing new textual language for reasons 8 and 9, while suggesting that denial reasons 5 and 7 be considered within a separate proposed PDP or a future PDP that offers a stronger linkage with those issues.

The Council agreed with the recommendations of the drafting group. It directed the staff to post the proposed new text for Reasons # 8 and # 9 for constituency and public comments and report back to the Council with a summary of the comments received.

You can read the recommendations regarding Reasons # 8 and # 9 with the proposed new language here: http://gnso.icann.org/issues/transfers/excerpts-report-transfers-pdp1-dg-jun08.pdf [PDF, 32K]

Comments on the document are welcome through 18 July 2008.
Staff member responsible: Olof Nordling

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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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."