Posted: 27 October 2003
Background Paper: Proposed Revisions to .info Registry Agreement to Implement Redemption Grace Period
On the agenda for the 31 October 2003 Board meeting is approval of revisions to the .info Registry Agreement to implement the Redemption Grace Period in that top-level domain.
Background of the Redemption Grace Period
The Redemption Grace Period is an ICANN-proposed initiative to respond to the increasing number of complaints made by customers with domain names that were unintentionally deleted and then registered by someone else, sometimes using the domain name to display content repugnant to the former registrant. Frequently the registrant experienced significant delays and costs in recovering the name and having the former services (web service, e-mail, etc.) restored.
The RGP Proposal provided for a 30-day period after deletion of every name, in which the domain name would no longer resolve but the former registrant (and only the former registrant) could have the name restored for a fee. After favorable public discussion, the Board concluded that the idea should be further explored. [See also this supplemental paper.] At its Accra meeting held 14 March 2002, the Board adopted the following resolution:
A technical steering group (consisting of three gTLD registrar representatives and three gTLD registry representatives) was convened and issued a report recommending adoption of the period and providing proposals for implementation details.
The technical steering group's proposal was posted on the ICANN website on 7 June 2002 and received broad community support at the ICANN Public Forum held 27 June 2002 in Bucharest, Romania.
In response to this, the Board adopted the following resolution in Bucharest:
The contractual implementation of the Redemption Grace Period is being accomplished by revisions to ICANN's registry agreements with each unsponsored TLD operator to accommodate the provision of the restoration capability as an additional service.
On 15 January 2003, ICANN provisionally authorized VeriSign to introduce a Redemption Grace Period in the .com and .net top-level domains. VeriSign introduced the service on 25 January 2003. On 25 February 2003, the Board adopted resolution 03.17 confirming the authorization for amendment of the .com and .net registry agreements with VeriSign to implement the Redemption Grace Period Service.
On 2 June 2003, the Board adopted resolution 03.82 confirming the authorization for amendment to the .biz registry Agreement with NeuLevel to implement the Redemption Grace Period Service.
On 19 August 2003, the Board adopted resolution 03.141 confirming the authorization for amendment to the .org Registry Agreement with PIR to implement a Redemption Grace Period in the .org top-level domain.
ICANN and Afilias have now completed negotiations of revisions to the .info registry agreement for implementation of the Redemption Grace Period Service. The proposed .info Redemption Grace Period Service substantially meets the specifications established by the Technical Steering Group's Implementation Proposal and, from a customer perspective, will be equivalent to the Redemption Grace Period Service offered by other registries. Afilias has proposed a maximum restoration fee of US$40. Accommodation of the Redemption Grace Period Service entails revisions to four of the agreement's appendices, as shown in the following redlined documents:
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