[NA-Discuss] "Chicken and Egg" Problem

gbruen at knujon.com gbruen at knujon.com
Mon Apr 2 18:48:33 UTC 2012

I'm concerned about the very specific influence this creates if a registrar decides to drop all of their extra accreditations at once, pulling up to 4% ICANN's budget out from under the organization.

It is a Sword of Damocles


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-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2012 14:40:02 
To: Eduardo Diaz<eduardodiazrivera at gmail.com>; Garth Bruen at Knujon com<gbruen at knujon.com>
Cc: LACRALO discussion list<lac-discuss-en at atlarge-lists.icann.org>; <na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] "Chicken and Egg" Problem

I doubt that Moniker does this as a benevolent way to fund ICANN. 
Multiple accreditations allow them (perhaps among other things) them 
to pick up more dropped names quickly, overcoming the rules some 
registries have in place regarding the number (or rate) of pickups of 
dropped names. My understanding is that some registries (.org in 
particular) place additional limits on drop-catching, but I don't 
recall the details.


At 02/04/2012 01:25 PM, Eduardo Diaz wrote:
>Wow! This is very interesting. Why somebody will pay ICANN $436k for a no
>return on investment?
>On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM, Garth Bruen at Knujon.com <
>gbruen at knujon.com> wrote:
> > (Apologies for list cross-posts)
> >
> > Folks,
> >
> > Recent discussions with ICANN compliance have revealed what appears to be a
> > new standard (or perhaps it was always the standard) for triggering
> > Registrar contract obligations. According to compliance, certain contract
> > obligations (like posting of policies, terms, pricing and WHOIS) cannot be
> > enforced until the Registrar actually sponsors domain names.
> >
> > This came up because several new Registrars did not appear to have these
> > basic components on their websites (some had no website at all). Compliance
> > stated the obligations could not be enforced because the Registrars in
> > question had no domains yet.
> >
> > In my view this presents a number of problems. The first is that Registrars
> > should demonstrate their ability and willingness to provide required
> > services before sponsoring domain names. The second is that it would seem a
> > Registrar could be non-transparent to their first customer, hence
> > "chicken-and-egg."  Signing of the contract should the trigger these
> > requirements not the presence of domain names.
> >
> > One additional problem is a little more complex. A Registrar called
> > Nameescape.com LLC has no operational website, this has been the case for
> > several years and possibly since they were accredited. This Registrar is a
> > Moniker shell company, who already has 109 superfluous accreditations. At
> > one point the cartels would at least attempt to appear independent, now it
> > seems there is no long even a pretense and accreditations can simply become
> > "placeholders." This isn't a simple problem since these additional
> > accreditations allow Moniker to add $436,000 to ICANN's coffers each year,
> > and now it appears they don't have to pretend to actually want to sell
> > domain names. It's something to think about as we continue to discuss COI.
> >
> > Thanks, Garth
> >
> > -------------------------------------
> >
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> >
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