New gTLD Registries cannot own their domains! - or can they?
Traditionally registries have been forbidden from owning domains other than for those “reasonable and necessary for the management and operations of the TLD.” New applicants seem to believe that the separation between Registry – Registrar – Registrant doesn’t exist anymore. If those restrictions still exist a number of applicant business plans will be cut to ribbons.
This issue is addressed in Specification 9, section 1, REGISTRY CODE OF CONDUCT of the New GTLD Agreement Specifications page 54.
1.In connection with the operation of the registry for the TLD, Registry Operator will not, and...Read more
Registry applicants need more than a business valuation - they need a framework for comparing competitive opportunity and the nature of the registry business.
Registry Valuations are as much about what is not included in the valuation as what is selected. As there are many registry applicants who seek the same gTLDs these registry rights can be strongly contested. Registry applicants need to have an evaluation of their proposed business and a net present valuation is the most accurate way to do that. In order to be useful what needs to be valued is the common ground - not the uniqueness...Read more