The resolution was passed virtually unanimously. Only Guillermo Carey, claiming a potential conflict of interest with a client, abstained.
The moderately-worded resolution asks the GAC to reconsider its action and
to read the WIPO 2 report on geographical indicators. It also requests Names
Council participation in the ICANN "discussion group" to determine
the fate of the frozen country names. The resolution urges "caution"
on ICANN and GAC "to avoid a short-term reaction to a problem that is not
inherent to dot info." Less diplomatic wording would put it this way: what
is to ensure domain name providers and users that the same demands for special
name-rights won't be made in every other new TLD? The resolution also observes
"that there is not a full understanding of the implications for suppliers
and users of retrospective action of the kind GAC seeks." This nicely-phrased
sentence replaced an earlier draft asserting that such retrospective action
would be "damaging to suppliers and confusing to users." The resolution
also urges GAC to try to resolve the policy problems in more legitimate channels,
specifically: WIPO, the DNSO and in consultations with other "relevant
Receipt of the resolution was quickly acknowledged by ICANN President Stuart Lynn, so it appears as if the resolution got their attention. The results of this resolution will be an interesting test of the strength of "bottom up" within the ICANN structure.