Sponsored TLD Agreements


Whereas, in resolution 00.89 the Board selected seven proposals to operate or sponsor top-level domains, including the sponsored top-level domains .aero, .coop, .museum, for negotiations toward appropriate agreements;


Whereas, in resolution 00.90 the Board authorized the President and General Counsel to conduct those negotiations on behalf of ICANN and, subject to further Board approval or ratification, to enter into appropriate agreements;


Whereas, a common base agreement has been negotiated with the three selected sponsored top-level domain sponsors (SITA, NCBA, MuseDoma);


Whereas, the base agreement and all associated attachments, as completed and agreed by negotiators for MuseDoma and ICANN, have been posted for .museum;


Whereas, the base agreement and many of the associated attachments have been completed also for .aero and .coop;


Whereas, the Board has received a presentation from the General Counsel on the progress and results of the negotiations;


Whereas, comments from the public have been received on a web-based public comment forum and at a Public Forum held on 09 September 2001;

Whereas, the Board has considered the posted materials, the presentation, and public comments and finds that approval of the agreements is necessary and appropriate to further ICANN's purposes;


It is therefore

Resolved [01.  ] that the President is authorized to enter on behalf of ICANN the agreement for .museum as posted on the ICANN website, along with any minor corrections or adjustments as appropriate;


Resolved [01.  ] that the President and General Counsel are authorized and requested to complete negotiation of the .aero and .coop agreements (including attachments) as soon as feasible and to post the attachments on the ICANN web site;


Resolved [01.  ] that the Board shall be notified of the complete posting of the agreement and appendices for each of .aero and .coop and after that notification seven days shall be allowed for Board members to make any additional comments to the President and General Counsel;


Resolved [01.  ] that in the absence of the request of any Board member to the contrary based on policy considerations, the President is authorized to sign the posted agreements for .aero and .coop after the conclusion of those seven days; and


Resolved [01.  ] that, upon signature of the agreements for .aero, .coop, and .museum, the President is authorized to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreements, including causing reports to be made to the United States Department of Commerce and accrediting registrars for those top-level domains (in that regard, registrars already accredited and in good standing for .biz, .com, .info, .net, or .org may be accredited for .aero, .coop, and .museum without additional qualifying procedures upon entering an accreditation agreement that the President determines is consistent with the existing accreditation agreement for .biz, .com, .info, .name, .net, and .org).