TUESDAY, 25 MAY 1999 - The Governmental Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers held its second meeting today. The attending Committee members, representing over 33 national governments, multinational governmental organisations and treaty organisations, issued the following statement:
The GAC welcomes the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) report on the Management of the Internet Names and Addresses and endorses the general principles developed in the report related to best practice, Administrative Dispute Resolution, abusive domain name registration and generally to help resolve differences between domain name and IPR address holders. The GAC notes that, for the time being, the proposed trademark policy and disputes policy recommended by the WIPO report could be applied to gTLDs including existing and future Registries and Registrars.
The GAC reaffirms the requirement for transparency and reloiability of DNS registration data, as recommended by the WIPO report, and requests that ICANN put in place an appropriate system to authorise acces to data, consistent with applicable law or standards, including defining the purposes of such access.
In view of the extensive public international consultations undertaken by WIPO in cooperation with ICANN during 1998-99, we look to ICANN's procedures to result in rapid resolution of the issues concerning dispute settlement and treatment of well known and famous marks. Specifically, we call on ICANN to report on implementation of the dispute settlement proposals by its Santiago meeting and to engage in further consultations with the Supporting Organisations and Advisory Committees with respect to the treatment of well known and famous marks.
Where the delegate of a ccTLD does not have the support of the relevant community, in the context of the ISO 3166 Code, and the relevant public authority or government, that, upon request, ICANN exercise its authority with the utmost promptness to reassign the delegation.