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A Convention For Using Legal Names as Domain Names (RFC2352)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002922D
Original Publication Date: 1998-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 6 page(s) / 15K

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. The proposed solutions in this document are intended as a framework for development, such that a general consensus will emerge as to the appropriate solution to the problems in each case, leading eventually to the adoption of standards.

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Network Working Group O. Vaughan

Request for Comments: 2352 Vaughan Enterprises

Obsoletes: 2240 May 1998

Category: Informational

A Convention For Using Legal Names as Domain Names

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 (1998). All Rights Reserved.

RFC Editor's Note

This RFC is an independent submission that discusses a possible

convention for allocating domain names based on corporate and other

names as registered by law.

It appears to depend on corporations changing their domain names from

their present form to more cumbersome handles, such as changing

cisco.com to cisco-systems.co.ca.us or ibm.com to international-

business-machines.co.ny.us, without giving them an incentive to do

so, such as deprecating the .com and .net gTLDs. It also appears to

legislate the structure each national registry applies to its name

space, something which the document itself asserts is within national

purview and not for global standardization.

It may not be politically feasible to implement as described.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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

3. Possible solutions to name exhaustion . . . . . . . . . . . 4

4. Proposed solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

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

4.2 The case for legal names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

4.3 Allocation of legal sub-domains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

4.4 Allocation of miscellaneous sub-domains . . . . . . . . . . 6

4.5 Identifiers in non-ASCII languages . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

4.6 Non-textual identifiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

5. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

6. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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

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

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. The proposed solutions in

this document are intended as a framework for development, such that

a general consensus will emerge as to the appropriate solution to the

problems in each case, 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...