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Proposed ICANN 2013 RAA Open for Comment (closes 28 March)

Posted March 11th, 2013


After nearly 18 months of negotiations, ICANN is posting a new version of the proposed 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) for public comment.

The Registrar Negotiating Team (NT) has continued to engage in good faith negotiations to understand ICANN‘s perspective with respect to the outstanding issues, and to share the often divergent positions within the Registrar Stakeholder Group. Recently, additional revisions were proposed by ICANN‘s Negotiating Team stemming from the call by ICANN‘s CEO, Fadi Chehadé, to work to improve the image of the domain industry and to protect registrants through a further updated contractual framework. The Registrar NT considered each of these new issues, and worked towards finding solutions where appropriate. The RAA posted today reflects hard-fought concessions on many of key issues raised throughout the negotiations, and highlights issues remaining in order for the final 2013 RAA agreement to be reached.

Throughout the RAA and its Specifications, there are portions where two versions of draft text appear side by side. These highlight areas where ICANN and the Registrars have not been able to reach agreement in principle on an issue, therefore both positions are provided for comment.

To post comments before 28 March go HERE.



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ICANN and Registrar Negotiation Team Post Summary of RAA Negotiations

Posted March 7th, 2012

From ICANN News

In advance of the Costa Rica meeting, ICANN and the Registrar Negotiation Team have prepared a summary of the negotiations on the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). After the Board directed ICANN and the Registrars to proceed into negotiations regarding recommendations by law enforcement and recommendations from the GNSO, negotiations proceeded at a brisk pace, with 13 negotiation sessions held to date. There are many topics where ICANN and the Registrar Negotiation Team are close to agreement on language, and even more topics where there is agreement in principle. Because of the comprehensive nature of the amendments, it is expected that all negotiated language will be posted as a unified document after further negotiation.

The summary chart released today provides information on nearly all of the items that have been raised in the negotiations, and the current status of agreement on those issues.

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RAA Negotiations Community WIKI

Posted December 5th, 2011

From ICANN News

2 December 2011

In Dakar, ICANN announced the commencement of negotiations with representatives of the Registrar Stakeholder Group to amend the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). These negotiations are actively underway, and aim to produce amendment topics to enhance registrant protection and DNS stability for consideration at the Costa Rica Meeting.

To promote transparency and timely communications, ICANN has created a dedicated Wiki to describe the communications plan, publish regular status updates on the amendment topics under consideration, and provide comment opportunities to the broader ICANN community.

For the latest developments on these important negotiations, click on the link below:

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“Registrars Work to Amend ICANN Agreement to Address Security Concerns”

Posted October 26th, 2011

As reported by “During the ICANN meeting in Dakar, ICANN and registrars will announce that they’re working to amend the current Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) to address security concerns and provided “increased protections for registrants”.

Apparently this has been in the works for a while and is not a snap reaction to increased pressure by law enforcement agencies during the meeting.”

Click HERE to read more.

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Posted June 6th, 2011

As you may know, WHOIS is a protocol used to (among other things) identify domain name registrants. It is a great asset if you need to get in touch with a registrant or find out who “owns” a domain name. The results, of a WHOIS search, depending on where you are looking can vary and the system is not ideally cohesive. However, WHOIS, originally handled by DARPA has been evolving since the early 1980s and the current incarnation of the gTLD WHOIS system is under scrutiny for misuse.

For those who haven’t sat through the ICANN sessions regarding WHOIS, there has long been a debate over how to amend a potentially flawed WHOIS. There has also been debate about whether a domain registrant’s identity and contact information should be available to the public. While it is beneficial in many instances to be able to identify and communicate with a registrant, it can also leave them open to more unsavory contact.  WHOIS misuse, according to an interview with Liz Gasster for “refers to harmful acts that exploit contact information obtained from Whois. Those harmful acts may include generation of spam, abuse of personal data, intellectual property theft, loss of reputation or identity theft, loss of data, phishing and other cybercrime-related exploits, harassment, stalking, or other activity with negative personal or economic consequences.”

There is also the problem of accredited registrars who don’t maintain accurate WHOIS data. Although it is a requirement of the RAA to do so, it is advantageous to some registrars to let the house keeping slide when it comes to providing accurate information on registrants including those who may be engaged in trademark abuse.

This sort of misuse as well as other issues have been an area of particular interest to ICANN since 2007 when the organization began to undertake a study of the WHOIS system. As WHOIS will continue to be a hot button topic at ICANN 41 in Singapore we have re-printed the GNSO WHOIS Motion of 4/28/2011 to bring everyone up to speed on the trajectory of this issue prior to the meeting.


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ICANN Gives the Boot to 3 More Registrars

Posted December 1st, 2009

From ICANN Announcements

On Wednesday, 25 November 2009, ICANN terminated its accreditation agreement with three registrars – Hosting365 Inc., OOO “Russian Registrar” and R.B. Data Net LTD for failure to comply with the requirements of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

The RAA is the contract between ICANN and registrars that governs the registration of domain names under generic top-level domains such as dot-com and dot-org.

Letters have been sent to each registrar outlining the decision and reason behind the decision.

Related links

Letter to Hosting365 Inc. HERE

Letter to OOO “Russian Registrar” HERE

Letter to R.B. Data Net LTD HERE

To protect registrants, ICANN has initiated a process to identify a qualified and accredited registrar to take over management of the domain names formerly managed by Hosting365 Inc. and OOO “Russian Registrar” through a bulk transfer.

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Should ICANN Raise the Bar on Accrediting Registrars?

Posted October 13th, 2009

ICANN posted the news in notices two minutes apart HERE and HERE that two more domain registrars, BP Holdings Group, Inc. (dba IS.COM) and Naugus Limited, LLC will both lose their accreditation on November 9, 2009 unless both comply with ICANN’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“RAA”) by October 20.

This after Mouzz Interactive, Inc. and Red Register, Inc. went by the wayside as registrars in the last few weeks. While we applaud ICANN’s enforcement efforts, shouldn’t it be harder to obtain accreditation in the first place? We’re just saying.

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Another One Bites the Dust

Posted October 9th, 2009

From an ICANN News Alert

Bulk Transfer of Red Register Domains to DirectNIC

ICANN has authorized a bulk transfer of registrar Red Register Inc.’s domain names to DirectNIC Ltd., due to the de-accreditation of Red Register Inc.

The affected gTLD registries have taken steps to effect bulk transfers of Red Register’s names.

Former registrant-customers of Red Register should soon receive notices of the transfer from DirectNIC. Customer questions about the transfer should be directed to DirectNIC at:

Telephone: +1-504-679-5170


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Three Registrars Lose Accreditation

Posted August 11th, 2009

From an ICANN News Alert

South America Domains Ltd doing business as, Simply Named Inc ( and Tahoe Domains Inc have not had their Registrar Accreditation Agreements (RAA) renewed upon expiration for failure to comply.

Letters have been sent to each registrar outlining reason behind the decision. Go HERE to see the letter to South American Domains, HERE for the letter to Simply Named and HERE for the letter to Tahoe Domains.

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