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Revised Dot-XXX Draft Agreement Posted; Comment Period Begins

Aug 24th, 2010 04:09 PM

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.—ICANN today posted to its website a Revised Proposed Registry Agreement with ICM to be designated as the Registry Operator for a .XXX Sponsored Top Level Domain, and also other documents submitted by ICM in support of its application.

The posting of this information signals the beginning of a comment period that will run through Sept. 23.  Comments can be submitted to xxx-revised-icm-agreement@icann.org and viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/xxx-revised-icm-agreement/.

“The Revised Proposed Registry Agreement was submitted by ICM Registry after negotiations with ICANN staff,” ICANN stated on the site. “The Revised Proposed Registry Agreement has not been considered or approved by the ICANN Board. The Revised Proposed Registry Agreement is revised from the proposed agreement considered by the Board in March 2007.”

According to ICANN, some of the major changes between the 2007 versions and the current proposed versions are:

* The agreement is revised to reflect changes to address DNSSEC handling and current technical specifications, as well as links to current ICANN processes;

* The agreement is revised to be consistent with most sTLD agreements in the renewal terms.

* The termination, assignment and subcontracting provisions have been revised and clarified.

* Modifications to Appendix S to further define the sTLD community and to provide the requirements of ICM in developing and implementing policy for the TLD through IFFOR, consistent with the ICM/IFFOR Sponsoring Organization Agreement and the sTLD charter.

The Free Speech Coalition issued the following statement following the release of the revised draft agreement.

“FSC plans to sift through the hundreds of pages of the application and its associated documents,” said Diane Duke FSC Executive Director.  “We will then provide feedback to the industry about ICM’s application as well as the suggested next steps for the industry and FSC in blocking ICM’s .XXX sTLD.  FSC members and the industry can expect additional information from FSC by the week’s end.”

Duke also reminded industry members, “This is just another step in a process-it is far from over and certainly not a done deal.”

More information can be found here.