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ICANN Opens Up The Comment Period on The New gTLD Registry Agreement

Posted on the 06 February 2013 by Worldwide @thedomains

ICANN has just opened up the comment period on The New gTLD Registry Agreement.

“The New gTLD Registry Agreement is the contractual document between successful New gTLD Applicants and ICANN, and will govern the rights and obligations of new gTLD registry operators”.

“ICANN proposes to revise the New gTLD Registry Agreement in connection with developments since the last posting of the Applicant Guidebook in June 2012 and a general review of the contractual needs of the new gTLD program. Among the proposed changes, ICANN has added the Public Interest Commitments Specification”.

“The Public Interest Commitments Specification will require operators of new gTLDs to use only registrars that are party to the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (which is under negotiation). The Public Interest Commitments Specification is also a mechanism to allow registry operators to commit to certain statements made by the registry operator in its application for the gTLD, as well as to specify additional public interest commitments, in either case transforming such commitments into binding contractual obligations that may be enforced by ICANN through a new dispute resolution mechanism that will be available to any party harmed by a registry operator’s failure to comply with such public interest commitments”.

“Concurrent with this public comment period on the proposed revisions to the agreement, ICANN will also ask each applicant to submit a TLD-specific Public Interest Commitments Specification. ICANN will communicate directly with applicants regarding the details of submitting Public Interest Commitments Specification”.

ICANN expects to request applicants to submit their Public Interest Commitments Specifications by 5 March 2013, and ICANN plans to have them all posted for public review by 6 March 2013″.

“The proposed revised New gTLD Registry Agreement is now open for public comment

To comment your comment you must email your comment to comments-base-agreement-05feb13@icann.org you will receive an email back asking you to confirm your comment, only once you reply to that email will your comment be posted.

To see any comments submitted to ICANN click here

Here is the background on the topic as laid out by ICANN

“The new generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLD) Program was developed to increase competition and choice by introducing new gTLDs into the Internet’s addressing system. The Applicant Guidebook (AGB) was produced to define the program and provide instructions on the application process.”

‘Within the AGB, Module 5 contains the draft New gTLD Registry Agreement. ”

“This is the document that will be entered into by successful applicants and ICANN before proceeding to the next phase of delegation and will contain the rights and obligations of each New gTLD registry operator.…


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