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ICANN anxious over implementation of IANA-IPR proposal



The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has expressed support for the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) proposal on Intellectual Property (IP), but is worried over its implementation, reports ITRealms.

ICANN board of directors’ chairman, Dr. Steve Crocker made this known in a formal statement sighted by ITRealms at the weekend, saying that although ICANN supports ICG proposal and the underlying proposals from Community Working Group (CWG), Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) and IANAPLAN, its focus would be on the implementation processes.

For Dr. Crocker, the ICANN Board believes that for stability and pragmatic operational reasons, the IANA Functions Operator must have operational control over the IANA.ORG domain. 

He explained that during the transition, ICANN is prepared to transfer full ownership of the IANA-related trademarks to a neutral third party mutually agreed among the operational communities with the understanding that ICANN, as the current IANA Functions Operator, will be granted license to those trademarks and ICANN will maintain operational control of the IANA.ORG domain for as long as ICANN remains the IANA Functions Operator. 
“If the transfer during the transition affects the timeline, we advise delay until after the transition,” he said.

Stressing that in that event ICANN is ready to hold the IPR as interim measure but commits to transfer it within 120 days after the neutral third party is identified by the operational communities.

ICANN therefore believes this position of the board is neutral and in the public interest, as the board expects comments from the Internet community.

+ITRealms DSA +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) +ICANN  
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