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ICANN Announces Last Date of public comment period for Preliminary Issue Report on Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part D

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers )  yesterday announced that the public comment period for Preliminary Issue Report on IRTP Part D closes in 10 days.

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) is an existing community consensus policy that was implemented in late 2004 and is now being reviewed by the GNSO(Generic Names Supporting Organization). The IRTP aims to provide a straightforward procedure for domain name holders to transfer their names from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another should they wish to do so. The policy also provides standardized requirements for registrar handling of such transfer requests from domain name holders. The IRTP Part D is the fourth in a series of Policy Development Processes (PDPs) that address areas for improvements in the existing Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy.

This Public Comment solicitation represents an opportunity for the ICANN community to provide its views on the issues mentioned above and on whether a Policy Development Process should be initiated. Further data and supporting information on these issues are especially welcome as most of these issues were originally raised in 2005. This Preliminary Issue Report will be updated to reflect community feedback submitted through this forum. A Final Issue Report will then be presented to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council for its consideration.

Following the request for an Issue Report by the GNSO Council on 17 October 2012, ICANN Staff  published the Preliminary Issue Report on IRTP Part D for public comment. You can read it here: Preliminary Issue Report Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part D.

The main issues, on which ICANN is seeking public feedback are:

  • Whether reporting requirements for registries and dispute providers should be developed, in order to make a precedent and trend information available to the community and allow reference to past cases in dispute submissions;
  • Whether additional provisions should be included in the TDRP (Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy) on how to handle disputes when multiple transfers have occurred;
  • Whether dispute options for registrants should be developed and implemented as part of the policy (registrants currently depend on registrars to initiate a dispute on their behalf);
  • Whether requirements or best practices should be put into place for registrars to make information on transfer dispute resolution options available to registrants;
  • Whether existing penalties for policy violations are sufficient or if additional provisions/penalties for specific violations should be added into the policy;
  • Whether the universal adoption and implementation of EPP AuthInfo codes has eliminated the need of FOAs.

After getting the community feedback the Preliminary Issue Report will be updated through this forum. A Final Issue Report will then be presented to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council for its consideration.

To view all the comments that have already been submitted, click here.
To submit your own feedback you can mail ICANN at .
You can also view the complete  Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy and if you wish to read only the specific issues on which ICANN is soliciting feedback, click here: Preliminary Issue Report Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part D

Please remember that the last date for giving your feedback is 4 January 2013 and Comments submitted after the posted Close Date/Time are not guaranteed to be considered in any final summary, analysis, reporting, or decision-making that takes place once this period lapses.

To stay updated with ICANN’s latest developments on the issue, click here.

About ICANN:

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a nonprofit private organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California, United States, that was created on September 18, 1998, and incorporated on September 30, 1998 to oversee a number of Internet-related tasks previously performed directly on behalf of the U.S. government by other organizations, notably the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which ICANN now operates.

ICANN is responsible for the coordination of the global Internet’s systems of unique identifiers and, in particular, ensuring its stable and secure operation. This work includes coordination of the Internet Protocol address spaces  and assignment of address blocks to regional Internet registries, for maintaining registries of Internet protocol identifiers, and for the management of the top-level domain name space , which includes the operation of root name servers. Most visibly, much of its work has concerned the DNS policy development for internationalisation of the DNS system and introduction of new generic top-level domains (TLDs).

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