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    SPECTRUM: Intellectual property?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 20 2005, @09:58PM (#14946)
    SPECTRUM: Intellectual property?

    POSTEL: No, not intellectual property in general. There will be an aspect in which it will govern domain names. If there is an aspect of domain-name management, in which people with intellectual property rights to certain names get to say something about how those names are used, then that is an interaction with the domain-name policy.

    HEATH: But that's a small part of intellectual property.

    POSTEL: It's a small part in general. What's going on IANA is setting up a new mechanism to manage an IANA that's community-based, not government-funded. It raises the funds it needs to operate from the community of users that it serves. And it's really just a replacement for the kinds of functions that the old IANA had performed, without taking on any substantially different new tasks.

    CERF: I don't differ from Jon's view except for one observation. Historically, a lot of what IANA did, in terms of assigning responsibility for managing domains and so on, was done in a relatively benign context. It was a voluntary thing, the value of the thing managed wasn't quantified in any particular way.

    As time has gone on, and as the network has become more commercial--and its growth vector has been driven by commercial interests--some of the things that were essentially valueless or at least not evaluated have become a lot more visible, domain names being an example.

    So in this new IANA structure, that will have to be taken into account. It will probably increase the complexity of the job. Because, Jon, you will be subject to scrutiny and concern about how various assignments are made and whether they were fair and equitable and whether or not someone's interests were hurt. Where in the past that was less of an issue, it will now be more of an issue. To that extent, the job is more complex.

    It also means that the community base has to be as solid as we can make it in order to withstand the stresses that are brought on exactly by those commercial aspects.

    POSTEL: I certainly agree with Vint [Cerf] that the perceived value of the things that IANA manages has become noticed and enlarged. So policies and procedures are going to have to be developed through open debate and they're going to have to be followed carefully so that there is not even a perception of favoritism or anything between the parties that access these resources. It's going to be very critical in the future.
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