[bc-gnso] Registry-Registrar Vertical Integration

Philip Sheppard philip.sheppard at aim.be
Mon Sep 14 07:15:08 UTC 2009

For information

From: Richard Tindal [mailto:Richard.Tindal at demandmedia.com] 
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 7:18 PM
To: philip.sheppard at aim.be; icann at rodenbaugh.com; zahid at jamilandjamil.com
Subject: RE: Registry-Registrar Vertical Integration 

Dear BC,
Here is a letter we sent to the Board on this issue.

I think one of the aspects of this debate that is misinformed is the notion that
cross-ownership is new policy.  As discussed in detail in page 2 or our attached
letter there is a long history of gTLD registry contracts that permit cross
ownership.  The majority of TLDs launched since 2001 had contracts with more
cross ownership than is currently proposed in the DAG.

Another important distinction that many are missing is that cross ownership is
not suitable in all situations.  Where the registry is price capped, or where it
exerts market power,  we do not support cross ownership of registry and
registrar.  For example the majority of concerns raised by PIR in their letter
relate to price capped TLDs, but they are not making the distinction between
this and non-price capped TLDs. We advocate limited cross ownership only for
TLDs without price caps. 

I am available to discuss any aspect of this at your convenience.

Best regards
Richard Tindal
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