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:

  1. The Committee has established its Operating Principles and remains committed to its stated position of implementing efficient procedures in support of ICANN.
  2. The GAC requests that ICANN amend its Bylaws to ensure that the Membership definitions for the GAC in the Bylaws align with the Membership definitions in the adopted Operating Principles.
  3. The Committee has had fruitful discussions around substantive issues relating to the usage of the Internet across the worldwide community, the administration of the country code top level domains, and the WIPO Internet domain name process. The Committee initiated a positive and constructive process for addressing these and other significant Internet policy issues, and as a consequence makes the following recommendations to the ICANN Board:

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.


  1. The GAC will have further discussions with regard to domains containing restrictions or conditions on registration that serve to ensure certainty with respect to the application and enforcement of laws, as opposed to domains containing no such restrictions or conditions on registrations.
  2. The next face-to-face meeting of the Committee will be held to coincide with the next meeting of the ICANN Board.