[At-Large] [ALAC] .com Registry Agreement Renewal - Public comment - ends 26 April 2012

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 22:08:08 UTC 2012

Quick notes, especially as it impacts the work of the WHOIS WG...and ALAC

First, a declaration. There are always a few 'weasel phrases' lawyers tend
to live and practice by, no big deal, IMHO.  Moral of the story: take a gut
and finger check, going in.

Seems it continues to bind the Registrar to implementation of relevant
consensus policies that wash the RAA.  This gives standing for implementing
 things originating thru SSAC and other policy formulations hereafter.
 Very important 'gateway' principle, IMHO.

Notably, there are changes to the format and content of the contractually
obliged Monthly Report. Much of the new additions seems to zero in on
identifying registrar viability in context of identifiable business model
and the churn factor for registrations; that might be useful to help track
automated registrations intended for fraudulent use, among other things.

If you trace the five (5) criteria Contractual Compliance Review employ to
determine if renewal should be without prejudice, WHOIS outcomes gets the
short straw.

Didn't see even a nod to WHOIS Accuracy enforcement here.  Concerns

This one contains provisions for: 1) adopting a new WHOIS protocol if and
when it becomes available via the IETF process; this is the SAC051
production 2) Transitioning to the 'thick' WHOIS model, albeit on GNSO
time.  In *this context*, I'm challenged to understand the implications in
the Discussion Draft on Page 9 "*Traffic Data*"?  *Something is amiss.*

Additional content is now requested for WHOIS matters; report the number of
WHOIS queries for that month, segregated by service origination, i.e., Port
43 or Web service.

Other significant changes; one in the WHOIS provisioning - public IPv6
transport support  - and another for process  -  the query will return the
name of the Registrar consistent with the IANA data.

What is *striking* here is that *all* references to *registrant data* -
meaning data on the actual person who registered the domain name and is
putative owner - seems to have disappeared from the delimited  WHOIS
dataset referred in Appendix 5.

In other words, the provisions of old *Clause 3 of the RAA now in force are

I stand to be corrected.

- Carlton

Carlton A Samuels
Mobile: 876-818-1799
*Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround*

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>wrote:

> .com Registry Agreement Renewal
> http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-27mar12-en.htm
> Executive Summary
> ICANN is posting today for public comment Verisign's proposed
> agreement for renewal of the 2006 .com Registry Agreement between
> ICANN and Verisign. This proposal is a result of discussions between
> ICANN and VeriSign, and will be considered by the ICANN Board after
> public comment. The current agreement will expire on 30 November
> 2012. Public comment may be submitted through April 26, 2012 and
> viewed at:
> http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/com-renewal-27mar12-en.htm
> This summary describes important aspects of the registry agreement
> renewal process, the content of the proposed agreement renewal, and
> certain background to the proposed agreement. This summary is
> accompanied by the "red line" version of the agreement and several
> documents that describe and summarize the proposal. Upcoming
> agreements due to be renewed in 2012 such as .biz, .info, .name and
> .org will follow a similar process.
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