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Username: antipodes
Date/Time: Fri, September 28, 2001 at 8:02 AM GMT
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Subject: DomeBase and Richy - I would like your opinion on this


Did the Afilias registrars have an obligation under their conditions of ICANN accreditation to check the details of .info Sunrise applications?

All Afilias approved registrars have to be ICANN accredited registrars.

ICANN accredited registrars have an obligation under the conditions of their Registrar Accreditation Agreement to check the accuracy of the details supplied by domain name applicants.

Now I am aware that the regulations below refer to address details, and that registrars were handling applications for a lottery in a rollout, but as such applications would be the basis of a registration if successful in the lottery, would a court of law judge the details of the Sunrise qualifying criteria, namely the accuracy/validity of trademark details to be any less important than the applicant's address details and that a registrar which failed to check such details would be in breach of their ICANN Registrar Accreditation?

I believe from my reading of the ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement, notwithstanding what Afilias may have said, registrars were required to check details bearing upon the accuracy/validity of the possible registration and that once a registrar had become aware that any applicant's details may not be accurate/valid, the registrar was required to contact the applicant to provide them with the opportunity to amend the detail.  In the case of the lottery application/registration - provide proof of detail.

I would like your opinion Bob and Richy.

ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement (17 May 2001)


        3.1 Obligations to Provide Registrar Services. During the Term of this Agreement, Registrar agrees that it will operate as a registrar for each TLD for which it is accredited by ICANN in accordance with this Agreement.

3.7.7 Registrar shall require all Registered Name Holders to enter into an electronic or paper registration agreement with Registrar including at least the following provisions: The Registered Name Holder shall provide to Registrar
accurate and reliable contact details and promptly correct and update
them during the term of the Registered Name registration, including: the full name, postal address, e-mail address, voice telephone number, and fax number if available of the Registered Name Holder; name of
authorized person for contact purposes in the case of an Registered
Name Holder that is an organization, association, or corporation; and
the data elements listed in Subsections, and A Registered Name Holder's willful provision of inaccurate or
unreliable information, its willful failure promptly to update information provided to Registrar, or its failure to respond for over fifteen calendar days to inquiries by Registrar concerning the accuracy of contact details associated with the Registered Name Holder's registration shall constitute a material breach of the Registered Name Holder-registrar contract and be a basis for cancellation of the Registered Name registration. The Registered Name Holder shall represent that, to the best of the Registered Name Holder's knowledge and belief, neither the
registration of the Registered Name nor the manner in which it is
directly or indirectly used infringes the legal rights of any third party. The Registered Name Holder shall agree that its registration
of the Registered Name shall be subject to suspension, cancellation, or transfer pursuant to any ICANN adopted specification or policy, or
pursuant to any registrar or registry procedure not inconsistent with an ICANN adopted specification or policy, (1) to correct mistakes by
Registrar or the Registry Operator in registering the name or (2) for the resolution of disputes concerning the Registered Name.

3.7.8 Registrar shall abide by any specifications or policies established according to Section 4 requiring reasonable and commercially practicable (a) verification, at the time of registration, of contact information associated with a Registered Name
sponsored by Registrar or (b) periodic re-verification of such information. Registrar shall, upon notification by any person of an inaccuracy in the contact information associated with a Registered Name sponsored by Registrar, take reasonable steps to investigate that claimed inaccuracy. In the event Registrar learns of inaccurate contact information associated with a Registered Name it sponsors, it
shall take reasonable steps to correct that inaccuracy.



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