[Gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5] applicant contractual obligations

Marita Moll mmoll at ca.inter.net
Fri Nov 16 20:54:48 UTC 2018

Thanks Alexander and anyone else who weights in. Sorry for my misuse of 
terms -- language is an issue, even for English speakers (sigh).

But you realized what I was getting at and answered my question. And so, 
the suggestion that there might be contract language in place which 
would prevent the "flipping" (as it is known in the real estate 
business) of names is incorrect. Indeed, the current situation almost 
seems to encourage such activity.


On 11/16/2018 2:12 PM, Alexander Schubert wrote:
> Hi Marita,
> Please clarify your question. "Domain name holder" - what is that supposed
> to be? Sounds like a "registrant" of a 2nd level domain? But as we are only
> discussing gTLDs on top level you probably mean the "registry operator"?
> After the 2012 round I am very sure that EVERY SINGLE APPLICATION will be
> applied for  by using a separate, unique legal entity: "Legal entities" can
> be minted by the dozen in no time in most jurisdictions.
> So in other words: You can bet that an applicant entity (and subsequently
> registry operator) has a unique legal entity as owner of the gTLD (a legal
> entity that is not involved in ANY other business operation but that gTLD).
> So there is no real need to "sell the name" (I suppose you mean "the gTLD")
> - you can simply sell the LEGAL ENTITY; or its shares! If cleverly done that
> doesn't even need to be reported to ICANN: Only if shares of larger than 15%
> are being sold, ICANN would look into it (not even sure if that is true
> AFTER delegation - please if somebody knows: let us know). So you COULD in
> theory at ANY point of time after the submission of your application "sell
> the gTLD" (application, applicant, registry operator, whatever stage it is
> in) to others, if it's being done in 15% share packages to 7 entities e.g. 6
> times 15% and one time 10% each to different "owners"). Please correct me if
> I am wrong!
> So if you plan to apply for ".shanghai": Just don't designate it as geo-TLD,
> DO NOT MENTION the word "city" or "China" at all. Then you do NOT need to
> provide a "letter of non-objection". Once you are sure you are the "winner"
> (e.g. you where the only applicant, or you won a private auction) you can
> now approach the biggest real estate magnate in Shanghai, or the biggest
> media conglomerate: and sell the application by transferring ownership of 7
> share packages! It's really THAT simple.  I am warning of this since MONTH.
> Again: if I am mixing facts here: point it out to me.
> Thanks,
> Alexander
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5 [mailto:gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5-bounces at icann.org] On
> Behalf Of Marita Moll
> Sent: Friday, November 16, 2018 6:35 PM
> To: gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5 at icann.org
> Subject: [Gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5] applicant contractual obligations
> Hello. I am wondering whether there is anything in the contract of a domain
> name holder that prevents that holder from selling the name to a higher
> bidder. I am asking this as it came up in a recent conversation in our
> community and, given our lengthy discussions here about domain name
> parking/scalping of city or other geo-names, I have assumed that there were
> no such restrictions. But, being fairly new here, I was unable to confirm or
> deny this idea.
> Thanks for any clarification
> Marita
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