[gnso-sti] Bearing the cost of the Clearinghouse
- To: GNSO STI <gnso-sti@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [gnso-sti] Bearing the cost of the Clearinghouse
- From: Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 23:49:00 -0500
For pre-launch sunrise process, the only real source of money is the
TM holder, either at the time that a TM is registered with the
Clearinghouse (CH), or when a sunrise domain name is granted.
For a pre-launch IP Claims process, it is not likely that the
potential registrant will be billed by the CH for receiving a claims
notice, so the only source of funds is the TM holder (at CH
registration time or when a notice is sent out on their behalf) or
the registry (which will in turn bill it to someone).
It is important that we either describe or at least not forbid a
model that will allow the CH to cover its costs in both the case of
very few new gTLD launches and in the case of many new gTLD launches.
Presumably the CH will charge the TM holder at registration time for
being in the CH.
My question is how does the CH get additional funds based on the
actual gTLD launch volume of work.
a) it bills the TM holder again every time they are included in a sunrise
b) it bills the registry, and the registry includes it in the sunrise
I suggest that b) is a far more scalable and efficient model.
For an IP Claims process, I have no idea how the CH charges to ensure
that it gets revenue commensurate with work performed.
With regards to Jeff's note, the IRT (if I remember correctly) did
specify that registries should not be charged for specific CH
services. It did not specify who SHOULD be charged, and I think that
this was at least part of the thrust of the Board question on that
matter. Associated with this is the question about whether ICANN
should explicitly fund any part of the CH, which I suspect we will
all answer NO to.