[council] ICANN, RySG Propose Amendment to New gTLD Registry Agreement

James M. Bladel jbladel at godaddy.com
Tue May 31 23:14:07 UTC 2016

Thanks Marika.

And for Councilors, please note that I have been asked by the Registry Services Team at ICANN to share this message (below) with the Council:

Today, ICANN published for public comment proposed amendments to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement. ICANN is sending this communication to alert the GNSO Council of the proposed amendments. Should the GNSO wish to submit comments for consideration, they must be received by 23:59 UTC <x-apple-data-detectors://2> 13 July 2016<x-apple-data-detectors://2>.

Comment now<https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-amend-new-gtld-agreement-2016-05-31-en>.

Amendment Process – How We Got Here
A process for amending the Registry Agreement is defined in Section 7.7 of the Registry Agreement. All Registry Agreements based on the base New gTLD Registry Agreement contain these provisions.

The process is initiated when one party – ICANN or the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) – notifies the other that it wishes to propose changes to the Registry Agreement. The amendment process can be initiated no more than once per year and, following its initiation, ICANN and a Working Group appointed by the RySG may negotiate and mutually agree on proposed changes before publishing said changes for comment by the greater ICANN community.

In July 2014, over one year after the original base Registry Agreement was approved, the RySG notified ICANN of its desire to negotiate changes to the Registry Agreement.

The RySG then appointed a Working Group to negotiate an amendment with ICANN representatives. The goal was to arrive at terms that were mutually acceptable, so the revisions could be presented to all Registry Operators and the ICANN board for final approval. Following those negotiations, the teams agreed upon the proposed changes that have been published for public comment today.

In addition to posting the proposed changes for public comment and sending notification to the Applicable Registry Operators, ICANN published an announcement and a blog<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/amending-the-new-gtld-registry-agreement> to ensure community awareness.

ICANN invites the GNSO Council to read the proposed amendments and other published information, and provide input through the public comment process.

Next Steps
ICANN has initiated a 43-day public comment period. Once the public comment period closes, the RySG Working Group and ICANN will consider the comments received and make revisions, where appropriate, resulting in the final proposed amendment. The final proposal will be distributed to all Registry Operators and the ICANN board for approval. Registry Operator approval will be solicited as defined in Section 7.6(j)(ii) of the Registry Agreement.

If the amendments are approved by Registry Operators and the ICANN board, as provided in Section 7.7(c) of the Registry Agreement, they shall be effective and deemed amendments to the Registry Agreement upon 60 calendar days notice from ICANN to you.

Read the amendment<https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-amend-new-gtld-agreement-2016-05-31-en>.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to any feedback the GNSO may have on the proposed amendments.

Best regards,

Cyrus Namazi
Vice President, Domain Name Services & Industry Engagement
Global Domains Division

On May 31, 2016, at 15:39, Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org<mailto:marika.konings at icann.org>> wrote:

For your information.
ICANN, RySG Propose Amendment to New gTLD Registry Agreement

ICANN today issued for public comment a proposed amendment to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement<https://newgtlds.icann.org/sites/default/files/agreements/agreement-approved-09jan14-en.htm>. The public comment period ends 13 July 2016.

Comment now<https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-amend-new-gtld-agreement-2016-05-31-en>.

The amendment proposed today reflects over 18 months of negotiations between representatives of ICANN and the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG). These negotiations were conducted pursuant to Section 7.7 of the base agreement. The RySG initiated the process. Following the conclusion of the public comment period, ICANN and the RySG working group for these negotiations will consider the comments and submit the proposed final version of the amendment for approval by registry operators and the ICANN board (see Section 7.6 of the registry agreement). If these approvals are obtained, the amendment will become effective upon 60 days notice from ICANN to the registry operators.

Read the blog post<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/amending-the-new-gtld-registry-agreement>.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org<https://www.icann.org/>.

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