[gtld-tech] RPM Requirement of Supporting Claims Service for Release or Allocation of Reserved Domain Names

Gould, James JGould at verisign.com
Mon May 19 11:53:01 UTC 2014

According to section 2.4.3 of the Rights Protection Mechanism (RPM) Requirements, it states:

If Registry Operator reserves a domain name from registration in accordance with Section 2.6 of the Agreement and Specification 5 of the Agreement and thereafter (i) releases for Allocation or registration such reserved domain name at any time prior to the start date of the Claims Period, such domain name MUST be treated like any other domain name for any applicable Sunrise Period, Limited Registration Period, Launch Program or Claims Period, or (ii) releases for Allocation or registration such reserved domain name at any time following the start date of the Claims Period, such domain name MUST be subject to the Claims Services (as defined in Section 3) for a period of ninety (90) calendar days following the date Registry Operator releases such domain name for registration as long as the Trademark Clearinghouse (or any ICANN-designated successor thereto) remains in operation.

For registries that plan on releasing domain names after the Claims Period, such as to support the release of premium domain names or 2 character domain names, they will have to support the Claims Services well past the Claims Period (potentially years).  This represents a costly burden to the registries having to indefinitely download the DNL list, support the claims check, validating the domain creates against the DNL list for a subset of domain names, and support the TMCH LORDN interface.  This also represents a costly burden to registrars or discourages registrar participation in supporting the release of reserved domain names.  The registrars would need to know to use the claims check, use the CNIS for presenting the claims notice, and passing the claims acknowledgement indefinitely.

Since this is a complex issue impacting registries and registrars, what approaches are being considered?  Do the registries and registrars have any issues with supporting the Claims Service indefinitely?

Please respond with your thoughts and concerns.





James Gould
Principal Software Engineer
jgould at verisign.com<mailto:jgould at verisign.com>

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