Re: [DNSOP] additional special names Fwd: I-D Action: draft-chapin-additional-reserved-tlds-00.txt

Andrew Sullivan <> Tue, 04 February 2014 10:30 UTC

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On Tue, Feb 04, 2014 at 09:51:34AM +0100, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
> had no part in the ICANN creation. I remember a discussion with Stuart
> Cheshire where he explained that IETF, not ICANN, created the entire
> name space, since it created the rules, and therefore has rights above
> those of ICANN.

With respect, while that is one view of the history, it is surely not
the only one, and it seems to me it is one that is not shared by all
the actors in this space.  Most importantly, it involves a false
dichotomy between "ICANN" and "IETF": neither organization existed at
the time the DNS name space was created, so it's hard to credit the
idea that either of them created the name space.

I do not think we want to turn over the rock labelled, "Who owns the
DNS name space?"  Under that rock live all manner of creatures from
layer 9 and above.  We have two allocation procedures: regular
allocation via IANA procedures (which happen to be defined right now
in ICANN) and RFC 6761.  One of those procedures is the one we can
exercise, and I still believe the only question is whether any
particular registration attempt works under RFC 6761.  I agree with
Ted Lemon that the question of what happened in the past is not
exactly relevant.  What _is_ relevant in my view is how these names
need to be used in support of the protocols they're supposed to be
supporting.  This is exactly the same question I had since I first
read the grothoff draft; see my earlier review.



Andrew Sullivan