AAF Government Report

February 3, 2012


Clark Rector Jr., Executive Vice President – Government Affairs

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Groups Make Proposal to ICANN

AAF, many of its corporate members, local advertising federations and a large group of other businesses and associations, have written a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) proposing a way forward as ICANN begins to accept applications for new top level domains (TLDs). The letter proposes a potential solution that will allow ICANN to move ahead with the creation of new TLDs while affording protections for brand and copyright owners. Under the proposal:

all NGOs, IGOs and commercial stakeholders concerned about protecting their brands should be given the opportunity to have those brands registered, without cost, on a temporary "Do Not Sell" list to be maintained by ICANN during the first application round (any interested party which does not want to have its brands on the Do Not Sell list and would rather apply for a TLD would be free to do so). We will assemble a team from the interested constituencies to work with ICANN leadership during the first application round. If this group achieves consensus with respect to any proposals, those proposals will be voted on by the Board. At the end of the first application round, should the parties continue to disagree, all parties will be free to pursue their legal and equitable rights without prejudice.

AAF believes this reasonable proposal affords a solution that will protect the interests of all concerned. We hope to receive a positive response from ICANN in the very near future.

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