Network Solutions, Inc. ("Network Solutions") may issue periodic patches, updates or upgrades to the Software, RRP or APIs ("Licensed Product") licensed under the Registrar License and Agreement (the "Agreement") that will enhance functionality or otherwise improve the Shared Registration System under the Agreement. For the purposes of this Exhibit E, the following terms have the associated meanings set forth herein. (1) A "Patch" means minor modifications to the Licensed Product made by Network Solutions during the performance of error correction services. A Patch does not constitute a Version. (2) An "Update" means a new release of the Licensed Product which may contain error corrections, minor enhancements, and, in certain circumstances, major enhancements, and which is indicated by a change in the digit to right of the decimal point in the version number of the Licensed Product. (3) An "Upgrade" means a new release of the Licensed Product which involves the addition of substantial or substantially enhanced functionality and which is indicated by a change in the digit to the left of the decimal point in the version of the Licensed Product. (4) A "Version" means the Licensed Product identified by any single version number. Each Update and Upgrade causes a change in Version. Patches do not require corresponding changes to client applications developed, implemented, and maintained by each Registrar. Updates may require changes to client applications by each Registrar in order to take advantage of the new features and/or capabilities and continue to have access to the Shared Registration System. Upgrades require changes to client applications by each Registrar in order to take advantage of the new features and/or capabilities and continue to have access to the Shared Registration System.
Network Solutions, in its sole discretion, will deploy Patches during scheduled and announced Shared Registration System maintenance periods. For Updates and Upgrades, Network Solutions will give each Registrar at least sixty (60) daysí notice prior to deploying the Updates and Upgrades into the production environment. Such notice will include an initial thirty (30) daysí notice before deploying the Update that requires changes to client applications or the Upgrade into the Operational Test and Evaluation ("OT&E") environment to which all Registrars have access. Network Solutions will maintain the Update or Upgrade in the OT&E environment for at least thirty (30) days, to allow each Registrar the opportunity to modify its client applications and complete testing, before implementing the new code in the production environment.
Network Solutions will make the following changes to the Licensed Product by the following dates:
September 30, 1999: Deployment of a Patch that permits Registrars to access reporting data and a support utility. The September 30, 1999 Patch will not require modifications to the client applications developed by the Registrars; hence, there will not be a 30-day OT&E period.
November 20, 1999: Deployment of an Update that is a change to the RRP. The November 20, 1999 Update is planned to be introduced into the OT&E environment not later than October 20, 1999.
Network Solutions will use its best commercial efforts to develop and implement two additional modifications to the Licensed Product by January 15, 2000 as follows:
(1) Network Solutions will issue an Upgrade to the Licensed Product that will enable a Registrar to accept initial domain name registrations or renewals of a minimum of one year in length, or in multiples of one year increments, up to a maximum of ten (10) years.
(2) Network Solutions will issue an Upgrade to the Licensed Product that will enable Registrars to accept the addition of one additional year to a registrantís "current" registration period when a registrant changes from one Registrar to another.
Registrars will be able to offer these new features only for new registrations or renewals occurring after the Upgrade is deployed. Both Upgrades will be introduced into the OT&E environment for testing prior to deployment.