[council] Friendly amendment to Vertical Integration Motion

Mary Wong MWong at piercelaw.edu
Thu Sep 24 01:53:58 UTC 2009

Hi all
NCUC accepts the amendment as friendly.
Mary W S Wong
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>>> "Rosette, Kristina" <krosette at cov.com> 9/23/2009 9:19 PM >>>

Set forth below is a proposed friendly amendment to the Vertical Integration Motion. 
Whereas, Recommendation 19 of the GNSO policy authorizing the new gTLD process states: "Registries must use only ICANN accredited registrars in registering domain names and may not discriminate among such accredited registrars;"
Whereas, opening up the market to many new TLD operators may call into question some of the assumptions on which the separation of registry and registrar functions is based;
Whereas, economic research commissioned by ICANN staff also suggests that changes in these assumptions might be justified;
Whereas, the new gTLD policies passed by the Council do not provide any guidance regarding the proper approach to cross ownership and vertical integration, but instead implicitly suggest that the status quo be left in place;
Resolved: the GNSO Council hereby requests the preparation of an Issues Report on future changes in vertical integration and cross-ownership between gTLD registrars and registries, to assist in determining whether a PDP should be initiated regarding what policies would best serve to promote competition and to protect users and registrants.
For convenience, I've copied below a redline of the proposed amendment against the motion as originally put forth. 

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