Existing Registries should accept NEW Registry contract or keep their existing one, not negotiate a hybrid.
Existing ICANN Registries who are up for renewal should be allowed to continue under their existing contract or sign the new gTLD Registry contract. Existing Registries should not be allowed to cherry pick clauses they like from the new contracts, and not be bound to ones they don't like. Typically a contract is a balanced work that has something for both sides. Allowing one side to take only the good and leave the bad will lead to unexpected consequences and gaming. ICANN should be striving to make its life simpler, especially in light of potentially 100's of new TLD's. The last thing ICANN needs to do is maintain multiple versions of Registry contracts. Registrars all have the same contract. At renewal time, one either signs the new one, or ceases being a Registrar. Having standard Registry Registrar contracts (RRA) would also be a benefit to Registrars and ultimately consumers. The new gTLD contract has been vetted by the public through various rounds of drafting and multiple public comment periods. I am in favour of allowing cross ownership of Registries and Registrars, provided there are protections against market power and dominance. The new gTLD contract has taken that into consideration, and the old ones in many cases do not. Topics like picking which Registrars Registries choose to deal with are also dealt with differently in the various existing Registry contracts, but uniformly in the new gTLD one. In short, Yes to cross ownership, but only under the new gTLD contract. Lets keep life as simple as we can. ICANN has way too many things going on for the community to keep track of now, let alone if every contract starts getting negotiated, posted and reviewed. Rob Hall CEO Momentous Corp.