Re: [council] Friendly amendment to Vertical Integration Motion
NCUC accepts the amendment as friendly.
Mary W S Wong
Professor of Law
Franklin Pierce Law Center
Two White Street
Concord, NH 03301
Selected writings available on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at:
>>> "Rosette, Kristina" <krosette@xxxxxxx> 9/23/2009 9:19 PM >>>
Set forth below is a proposed friendly amendment to the Vertical Integration
Whereas, Recommendation 19 of the GNSO policy authorizing the new gTLD process
states: "Registries must use only ICANN accredited registrars in registering
domain names and may not discriminate among such accredited registrars;"
Whereas, opening up the market to many new TLD operators may call into question
some of the assumptions on which the separation of registry and registrar
functions is based;
Whereas, economic research commissioned by ICANN staff also suggests that
changes in these assumptions might be justified;
Whereas, the new gTLD policies passed by the Council do not provide any
guidance regarding the proper approach to cross ownership and vertical
integration, but instead implicitly suggest that the status quo be left in
Resolved: the GNSO Council hereby requests the preparation of an Issues Report
on future changes in vertical integration and cross-ownership between gTLD
registrars and registries, to assist in determining whether a PDP should be
initiated regarding what policies would best serve to promote competition and
to protect users and registrants.
For convenience, I've copied below a redline of the proposed amendment against
the motion as originally put forth.