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Support for an Authoritative Root for the DNS and Domain-Naming Systems that Accurately Convey All of the Levels of a Domain Name





November 7, 2001

Sponsoring Committee: Domain Name System (DNS) Governance Subcommittee of the Internet Committee, with the support of the Statutes, Regulations & Treaties Subcommittee, also of the Internet Committee


Resolution

WHEREAS, both the technical and commercial sectors of the Internet community generally agree that there are significant benefits in the maintenance of an authoritative root for the DNS, especially universal connectivity and resolvability and uniqueness of the namespace, which, among other things, permits proper reception of e-mails and consistent answers to DNS queries, thereby helping to prevent consumer confusion online and promote consumer confidence in the Internet; and

WHEREAS, the DNS Governance Subcommittee has determined that domain-naming systems that accurately convey to the Internet user all of the levels of a domain name are consistent with the goals of the intellectual property community concerning the addition of new gTLDs and promote online accountability that helps to prevent consumer confusion.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the International Trademark Association (INTA) supports the maintenance of an authoritative root for the DNS; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that INTA supports the use of domain-naming systems that accurately convey to the Internet user all of the levels of a domain name.