10 November, 2010

IGP on Cross-Ownership Provisions

Excerpted from the Internet Governance Project blog:

It is unclear from the board resolution whether highly specialized "boutique TLDs" or so-called .brand TLDs (e.g., .ibm or .nokia) will be able to dispense with registrars altogether and sell directly to customers. The resolution does not mention the concept of "Single Registrant, Single User" TLDs. From the tenor of the resolution - which still has to be translated into contractual language by ICANN's CEO and staff - it sounds as if truly vertically integrated registries will still have to become a registrar and pay registrar-like fees. This is not an ideal solution but it is certainly a step forward and a relatively simple one for the short term. The more important issue is whether registries that want to exert more control over their distribution channels for security or business reasons will need to be open to any and every registrar.

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