26 Oct '11, 12pm

Did You Know? No Policy Against Registry-Registrar Cross-Ownership

Some have had the misperception that ICANN adopted a formal polity that restricted any registry from owning more than 15% of any registrar. That is not the case. ICANN has never adopted any overarching policy that restricts the ability of a registry to own an interest in an registrar. Although ICANN’s agreement with VeriSign (and certain other registries) does limit VeriSign’s ability to own an interest in a registrar, ICANN has long permitted registrars to own interests in registries (and several registrars today do own interests in registries). The “15%” limitation referenced in the [European Commission's] Non-paper was the product of negotiation (not any policy development process) and was intended to apply only to the parties to that particular contract (signed in 1999), at which time Network Solutions was the only commercial Internet registry and the only commercial I...

Full article: http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/26/did-you-know-no-poli...

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