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Why no Sanctions Program for VeriSign?

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  • Subject: Why no Sanctions Program for VeriSign?
  • From: Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 06:25:15 -0700 (PDT)

Do you remember the Unsponsored TLD Agreement Appendix
Y?

"Registry Operator agrees to participate in and comply
with the Sanctions Program described in this document,
provided that all other registry operators having
registry agreements with ICANN for the operation of
unsponsored top-level domains (i.e., top-level
domains, other than country-code and infrastructure
domains, not having a sponsoring organization) are
obligated to participate in and comply with a
sanctions program with substantially the same
provisions. Failure by Registry Operator to
participate in and comply with this sanctions program
according to the terms of this document constitutes a
ground for ICANN to terminate the Registry Agreement."

http://www.icann.org/tlds/agreements/unsponsored/registry-agmt-appy-26apr01.htm

The new .com agreement fails to include a Sanctions
Program.  Why should VeriSign be exempt from the
Sanctions Program?  Why do they get special treatment?
 What's the point of setting up a compliance program,
hiring compliance officers, and promoting compliance
activities to the DOC in the Oct.7 Status Report if
VeriSign doesn't have to abide by the same provisions
as every other unsponsored TLD registry?


                
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