[gnso-irtp-b-jun09] Charter Question (C): Change of Registrant
Team: According to our charter, question (c) asks: "c) Whether special provisions are needed for a change of registrant when it occurs near the time of a change of registrar. The policy does not currently deal with change of registrant, which often figures in hijacking cases;" In advance of tomorrow's call, I wanted to reopen the definitional work regarding "Change of Registrant." Please recall that I took a stab at creating working definitions for various concepts early in the life of the WG: http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-irtp-b-jun09/msg00035.html In which this concept was tentatively defined as: "2. CHANGE OF REGISTRANT: The SHOPPER changes the registration WHOIS data for "Registrant" record. May also include changing other contacts, (Admin, Tech, Billing) but the focus here is on the Registrant. Changes to WHOIS records that only modify other records do not constitute a CHANGE OF REGISTRANT." (Note that we didn't get too far in defining "SHOPPER" or "CUSTOMER"...) So, here are some questions that might start off our discussions tomorrow: * What is a "Change of Registrant"? How does it differ from a routine update / modification of the record published in WHOIS? * What fields must be modified to indicate that a "Change of Registrant" has occurred? Can optional fields be included in this list? * Does ICANN need a defined "Change of Registrant" process or definition in the IRTP (or elsewhere?) Some ccTLDs define this function as a "Trade" * Are gTLD registrars obligated to offer "Change of Registrant" operations? How does this impact their respective Registration Agreement(s)?