Why no Sanctions Program for VeriSign?
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? __________________________________ Start your day with Yahoo! - Make it your home page! http://www.yahoo.com/r/hs