Who controls who? VeriSign controls ICANN!
Under the section "Background with respect to the Proposed 2012 .com Renewal Agreement" on the .com Registry Agreement Renewal Public Comment page published by ICANN on March 27, 2012: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/com-renewal-27mar12-en.htm The following remarks are made: ------------------------- "ICANN does not have the right under the current .com Registry Agreement to unilaterally refuse to renew the agreement or to bifurcate registry functions. Breaching the renewal provision would expose ICANN to liability under the contract." ------------------------- ICANN claims it does not have the right to NOT renew the agreement (or to divide up registry functions.) ICANN goes on record and says it has legal liability if it does not renew the contract with VeriSign. How can ICANN claim to have a multi-stakeholder model if VeriSign has the exclusive right to renewal this contract indefinitely? Specifically, renewal and pricing provisions of the current contract are not subject to change through the agreement renewal process. VeriSign has power over ICANN because of this clause, which should never have been agreed upon years ago. It’s time to take ACTION NOW and REMOVE the renewal provisions from this contract. If ICANN wants to act in the best interest of the global Internet community and continue campaigning the "multi-stakeholder" model, ICANN must remove the presumptive renewal provisions from the contract currently being negotiated upon. ICANN should be in control of the .com registry.....not VeriSign. VeriSign has the legal authority to run the .com registry indefinitely with 7% price increases every four out of six years! How will this landscape look 15 years from now? Consider the implications. ICANN – It's time to step up to the plate and determine the fate of your organization. Don’t simply hide in the corner and claim "legal liability", thus being married to VeriSign for eternity. The presumptive renewal provisions should have never been agreed upon in the first place and this is the biggest mistake the ICANN organization has ever made (among many other mistakes.) Proposed Solution: ICANN has put its very own organization in a very dangerous spot by agreeing to the evergreen clauses with VeriSign years ago. ICANN should not simply sit back and declare "legal liability" and continue to ignore the interest of the global internet community. ICANN must take IMMEDIATE action and retract the monopoly it has created and continues to endorse. ICANN - It is time to acknowledge the mistake you made years ago. Get creative. Hire several law firms to assist with this process and do what is in the best interest of the global internet community. As part of the this next renewal agreement, repeal or modify existing contractual language giving ultimate control back to ICANN. Thus when the next agreement is up for renewal years from now, the .com contract will finally be sent out to a competitive bidding process! In other words, ICANN has their hands tied because they agreed the ridiculous presumptive right to renew years ago. Because of this, VeriSign will be awarded this next contract (or it will face a legal hurricane.) However, as part of this current agreement renewal process, ICANN must remove the presumptive renewal and pricing provisions. ICANN claims they will face legal liability if they don't award this next contract to VeriSign......however we believe ICANN has even greater legal liability for not doing what is in the best interest of the global internet community. ICANN – do what is right for the global internet community! How is a competitive bidding process not in the best interest of the global internet community? Keith Richerdson