• DI implicated in .sucks “gag order” fight

    … a Vox “gag order” on registrars. As we reported on Friday, Vox terminated Com Laude‘s ability to sell .sucks domains directly, due to a then-unspecified alleged breach of the Registry-Registrar Agreement that binds all .sucks domain registrars. It turned out the “breach” was of the part of the .sucks RRA that states that Vox registrars “shall make…

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  • .sucks terminates Com Laude as “gag order” row escalates

    … believed, would prevent brand protection registrars from openly criticizing .sucks pricing and policies. They called it a “gag order”. Com Laude SVP Jeff Neuman was one of the strongest critics. I believe he was a key influence on a Registrar Stakeholder Group letter (pdf) in January which essentially said registrars would boycott the new RRA…

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  • .sucks “gag order” dropped, approved

    … to frustrate or impair the purpose of this Agreement. But Vox has now “clarified” the language to remove the requirement that registrars “promote” .sucks names. The new RRA will say “offer” instead. Registrars had also complained that the new RRA would have allowed Vox to unilaterally impose new contractual terms with only 15 days notice. Vox has…

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  • Registrars object to “unreasonable” .bank demands

    … Registrars are upset with fTLD Registry Services for trying to impose new rules on selling .bank domains that they say are “unreasonable”. The Registrar Stakeholder Group formally relayed its concerns about a proposed revision of the .bank Registry-Registrar Agreement to ICANN at the weekend. A key sticking point is fTLD’s demand that each…

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  • .sucks sends in the lawyers in “gag order” fight

    … Vox Populi is taking ICANN to mediation over a row about what some of its registrars call a “gag order” against them. Its lawyers have sent ICANN a letter demanding mediation and claiming ICANN has breached the .sucks Registry Agreement. I believe it’s the first time a new gTLD registry has done such a thing. The clash concerns changes…

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  • .sucks “gagging” registrar critics?

    … .sucks may be all about freedom of speech, but some registrars reckon the registry is trying to ban them from criticizing the new gTLD in public. Vox Populi is proposing a change to its standard registrar contract that some say is an attempt to gag them. A version of the Registry-Registrar Agreement dated December 18, seen by DI, contains…

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