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Issues that have recently sparked debates over implementation vs. policy development:

  • Special protections were given to the Internaional Olympic Comittee and Red Cross/Red Crescent in 2012 with regards to their marks across all New gTLDs. This action was approved by the ICANN Board despite the fact that the GNSO was still debating the issue though still largely against the special protections.
  • In 2012, the registry agreements for .com and .net were renewed without requirements for a "thick" Whois, despite policy development that was working for such requirements.[1]
  • The current model of the Trademark Clearinghouse and Uniform Rapid Suspension System did not come from the policy that was drafted on trademark issues but rather special groups, including the Implementation Review Team.
  • Further trademark issues appear to be forthcoming via implementation and not policy development after closed-door meetings in late 2012 with business and IP interests within the community.[2] This is known as the "Strawman Solution".[3]
  1. Why Com Still Doesnt Have Thick Whois, DomainIncite.comPublished Aug 31 2012, Retrieve 18 Jan 2013
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Race
  3. TMCH Strawman, 30 Nov 2012, Retrieved 18 Jan 2013