23 November, 2010

Shell corporations still eligible for registrar accreditation

The latest draft terms and conditions governing registrar accreditation applications still allow for the accreditation of shell corporations.  While new eligibility restrictions are in place that stipulate that "Individuals and Sole Proprietorships are not eligible for ICANN accreditation", it's apparently still OK for shell entities without any significant assets or operations to be created as a vehicle to game the domain name aftermarket.

On a related note, ICANN currently has 221 registrars that still haven't signed onto the May 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement.  While not making this agreement instantly mandatory for all accredited registrars is probably the most inane thing that ICANN has ever done, we can take comfort in the fact that soon there will be a third new RAA.  Let's hope that on the next go-around, all registrars will have to abide by the same set of rules.

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