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[gnso-irtp-b-jun09] Public Comment: Proposal for Renewal of the .NET Registry Agreement

  • To: "Gnso-irtp-b-jun09@xxxxxxxxx" <Gnso-irtp-b-jun09@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [gnso-irtp-b-jun09] Public Comment: Proposal for Renewal of the .NET Registry Agreement
  • From: Marika Konings <marika.konings@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 23:27:31 -0700

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Public Comment: Proposal for Renewal of the .NET Registry Agreement

11 April 2011

ICANN is today posting a proposed draft renewal agreement for the operation of 
the .NET registry. The current .NET Registry Agreement is due to expire on 30 
June 2011.

ICANN's gTLD registry agreements provide for presumptive renewal so long as 
certain requirements are met. The agreements also provide that upon renewal, 
changes may be made in the agreement to render the terms similar to other 
comparable agreements. The proposed renewal agreement from Verisign includes 
modified provisions to bring the .NET agreement into line with other comparable 
agreements (e.g. BIZ, COM, INFO, ORG), including terms such as traffic data, 
limitation of liability, indemnification, assignment, and notice provisions.

In addition to the changes to bring .NET into conformance with other 
agreements, Verisign has requested a change to give more flexibility for the 
registry to take action to prevent the registration of particular domain names 
when necessary in order to protect the security and stability of the DNS and 
the Internet – such as the actions that were taken by Verisign and other 
registries in coordination with ICANN in order to mitigate the threat from the 
Conficker virus.

One other significant change to the agreement would give the registry operator 
more flexibility to offer training, technical support, marketing or incentive 
programs for the purpose of supporting the development of the Internet in 
underserved markets.

The appendices to the agreement are also generally consistent with the current 
agreement. There are limited updates and deletion of obsolete provisions to 
Appendices 4, 7 and 10 – readily apparent in the redline document. These 
updates reflect changes to technical protocols and refinement of reporting 

The following documents are provided for public comment:

 *   Proposed Renewal 
 [PDF, 388 KB]
 *   Redline showing changes from the current .NET 
 [PDF, 200 KB]
 *   Proposed Renewal Agreement 
 [PDF, 892 KB]
 *   Redline showing changes from the current .NET 
 [PDF, 608 KB]
 *   Summary and explanation of 
 [PDF, 356 KB]

Public comment may be submitted to 
net-agreement-renewal@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:net-agreement-renewal@xxxxxxxxx> through 
10 May 2011 and viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/net-agreement-renewal/.

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