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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

ICANN invites comments on .MUSEUM

Global Internet coordinator, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has invited public comments on the proposed .MUSEUM sponsorship agreement.

ICANN said that the amendment from the previous draft agreement was as a result of significant collaboration between the registry sponsor and community members, just as the posted proposal would be available for comment for 30 days beginning August 31, 2007.

“The updated agreement is posted with the intention of submitting it to the ICANN board for approval after the 30-day comment period,” ICANN sources said in a press statement made available to Champion Infotel at the weekend.

Champion Infotel recalls that the initial proposal for .MUSEUM top level domain (TLD) registry agreement and appendices were originally posted for public comment on March 2, 2007 and after consultation with the community an amendment was made to appendix S of the agreement that describes some of the duties and rights of the registry sponsor, MuseDoma.

ICANN also informed that during the initial public comment period that was open through 23 March 2007, concern was expressed about proposed language in Part VII of appendix S, allowed for up to 5,000 domain names to be directly managed by MuseDoma.

“This language was created by MuseDoma recognizing that the “wildcard” capability that was allowed in the original agreement was eliminated from this renewal agreement,” ICANN noted.

However on March 27, 2007, at ICANN’s public meeting in Lisbon, MuseDoma and the ICANN Registrar Constituency held a public exchange on the purpose of the proposed language and on various forms that language might take, hence it was agreed that MuseDoma propose language in response to the public exchange, even as there have been additional telephonic conferences among some interested parties since that time.

Champion Infotel gathered that the original language read thus: “Sponsor may register up to 5,000 domain names directly with the registry operator and keep these names under direct management until the conclusion of its designation by ICANN as the sponsor for the Sponsored TLD.”

While the latest proposed language tends to recognize, “The charter of the .MUSEUM top-level domain is sufficiently restrictive so that it has appeal to a small, identifiable and limited community, and that said restrictions have created conditions that substantially limit market demand and as a result, registrar uptake;

“ii) MuseDoma is a not-for-profit entity as is the community it is required to serve by the definition of its charter; and iii) MuseDoma makes available to its community members under certain conditions, at no cost, third-level domain names.

“Therefore, MuseDoma is permitted to maintain up to 4,000 domain names directly with the registry operator and keep these names under direct management for purposes stated in iii) of this section until the conclusion of its designation by ICANN as the sponsor for the sponsored TLD.”

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