I cannot write impartially or objectively about the RAA (Registrar Accreditation Agreement - the contract between ICANN and its registrars). It would be disingenuous of me to even try to do so.I run a registrar so any changes to the RAA will have a direct and tangible impact on me, my staff and my clients.In relation to this I posted at length on the company blog a few … [Read more...] about RAA Negotiations Update – Is Anyone Going To Be Happy?
One of the "hot topics" at the ICANN meeting in Costa Rica next week will be the ongoing negotiations around the RAA.The RAA is basically the core document and contract that all ICANN accredited registrars have to sign with ICANN in order to be able to offer domain name registration services.(Oddly enough UDRP providers aren't bound by anything as strict..)The first … [Read more...] about ICANN and Registrars Provide A Status Update
ICANN has published what it is calling "Non-Lawyers' Guide to the May 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement"The document attempts to explain the registrar contract with ICANN in non-legal English.The registrar contract (RAA) is one of the more important documents when it comes to domain names, so the more people who can understand it the betterIf you register domain names then … [Read more...] about The Registrar Contract For Humans
ICANN is looking for public feedback and comment on a proposed policy / process for disqualifying registrars.The idea behind the process is to put in place a policy to deal with "bad actors", however in its current form the document is far from ready.You can download the document here (pdf) and see existing comments here. … [Read more...] about ICANN Seeking Feedback on Registrar Disqualification Process
As I've mentioned a few times in the past, ICANN takes a dim view of registrars who misbehave.EstDomains cropped up in the news a few times over the last few months, as their head honcho, Vladimir Tsastsin was embroiled in a number of legal issues in Estonia.ICANN finally sent EstDomains a notice of termination (burnette-to-tsastsin-28oct08-en.pdf )based on Tsastsin being an … [Read more...] about ICANN Culls Registrar and Attempts To Offload Domains
Over the last year ICANN has sought expressions of interest a number of times from accredited registrars to take over the domain portfolios of registrars that have lost their accreditation.The most recent bulk transfer was of Esoftwiz's names to Name.comWhile Name.com will contact former Esoftwiz clients it's always hard to know how accurate the contact information is going to … [Read more...] about Name.com Picks Up Esoftwiz Domains