[gnso-irtp-b-jun09] From the ICANN Glossary: "Registrar" and "Registry"
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- Subject: [gnso-irtp-b-jun09] From the ICANN Glossary: "Registrar" and "Registry"
- From: Olof Nordling <olof.nordling@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 07:26:13 -0700
As promised on the call, excerpts from the ICANN Glossary below.
Domain names ending with .aero, .biz, .com, .coop, .info, .museum, .name, .net,
.org, and .pro can be registered through many different companies (known as
"registrars") that compete with one another. A listing of these companies
appears in the Accredited Registrar
The registrar you choose will ask you to provide various contact and technical
information that makes up the registration. The registrar will then keep
records of the contact information and submit the technical information to a
central directory known as the "registry." This registry provides other
computers on the Internet the information necessary to send you e-mail or to
find your web site. You will also be required to enter a registration contract
with the registrar, which sets forth the terms under which your registration is
accepted and will be maintained.
The "Registry" is the authoritative, master database of all domain names
registered in each Top Level Domain. The registry operator keeps the master
database and also generates the "zone file" which allows computers to route
Internet traffic to and from top-level domains anywhere in the world. Internet
users don't interact directly with the registry operator; users can register
names in TLDs including .biz, .com, .info, .net, .name, .org by using an