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A Legal Basis for Domain Name Allocation (RFC2240)

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Original Publication Date: 1997-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

O. Vaughan: AUTHOR

Abstract

The purpose of this memo is to focus discussion on the particular problems with the exhaustion of the top level domain space in the Internet and the possible conflicts that can occur when multiple organisations are vying for the same name. No proposed solutions in

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Network Working Group O. Vaughan

Request for Comments: 2240 Vaughan Enterprises

Category: Informational November 1997

A Legal Basis for Domain Name Allocation

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1997). All Rights Reserved.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

2. Overview of the domain space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

3. Possible solutions to name exhaustion . . . . . . . . . . . 3

4. Proposed creation of new SLDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

4.1 The world is not flat so why should domains be? . . . . . . 4

4.2 The case for legal names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

4.3 Allocation of legal SLDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

4.4 Allocation of miscellaneous SLDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

4.5 Identifiers in non-ASCII languages . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

5. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

6. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

7. Authors' Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

8. Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

1. Introduction

The purpose of this memo is to focus discussion on the particular

problems with the exhaustion of the top level domain space in the

Internet and the possible conflicts that can occur when multiple

organisations are vying for the same name. No proposed solutions in

this document are intended as standards for the Internet. Rather, it

is hoped that a general consensus will emerge as to the appropriate

solution to such problems, leading eventually to the adoption of

standards.

2. Overview of the domain space

Presently the domain space is organised as a heirarchical tree-

structured namespace with several top level domains (TLDs), and sub-

domains beneath them. The initial TLDs allocated and rationale are

documented in [1].

The TLDs are functionally split up into 'generic' top-level domains

(gTLDs) and two-letter ISO 3166 country domains for every country in

which Internet connectivity is provided. The allocation of sub-

domains under these TLDs is entirely up to the registry for that TLD.

The registry may decide to allocate further levels of structure or

merely allocate domains in a 'flat' manner.

Example:

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