Excuse .MOI? Registrar comment.

So Amazon wants to add the following to their contract for .MOI

And as such things go, when a Registry operator wants to change or add a contract section, the Registrar Stakeholder Group gets to review it and is then able to post a comment. Personally, I had some issues with the above amendment due to the fact it was not clear what this authentication platform entails.

Sure such authentication platforms are not new. Like when you apply for a .BANK domain name you have to go through a vetting process, as only registered banks can order a domain name for that .TLD. Common sense in my opinion.

So the amendment was not clear to begin and as such a few Registrars came up with the following joined comment. As being one of the people on the drafting team it will come not as a surprise that Realtime Register fully supports this comment.

The Registrars appreciate the opportunity to file a comment.

Innovation is no strange concept amongst the registrars and is often a competing element. As such, the Registrars welcomes the innovational efforts displayed by Amazon Registry Services, Inc. (“Amazon”). Likewise, we acknowledge the vertically-integrated nature of someTLDs,
and the competitive environment surrounding value added tools & services. This is now a function of our industry, and if properly managed, can enhance the choices available to
consumers.
Regarding the proposed amendment for .MOI, the Registrars observed and identified the following, click here to continue reading.

Another take on this amendment can be read here and is from Kieren McCarthy called :”Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words”.

Realtime Register hosts night.TALKs at WHD.global 2015!

At this year’s event the WHD organization introduces a whole new evening program as an addition to the famous parties. This new event called night.TALK, is a new interactive forum at WHD.global where controversial opinions are expressed and debated in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere.

„New TLDs, survival of the fittest?“
Have a drink and join the discussion about the future of the TLD landscape with experts from the domain registries, registrars and backend providers. Hear what they expect to be critical factors for TLDs to survive in the battle for online presence. We’re looking forward to an entertaining discussion with leading experts form the Registries.

The Panel members for the first night.TALK are:

Crystal Peterson, Director of
Neustar
Crystal Peterson Director of Neustar
Neha Naik, Director Channel Partnerships Radix
Neha Naik, Director Channel Partnerships Radix
Vern Jurovich, Chief Operating Officer Uniregistry
Vern Jurovich, Chief Operating Officer Uniregistry
Daniel Federer, Key Account Manager SIDN
Daniel Federer, Key Account Manager SIDN
Ulrich Retzlaff, Director of Channel Management PIR
Ulrich Retzlaff, Director of Channel Management PIR

Berend van Dalfzen, Managing Director of Realtime Register will be moderating this event. „I am really looking forward to an entertaining discussion with these leading people of our industry.“

Make sure to drop by and join the Realtime Register night.TALK at the Lobby of Hotel Santa Isabel on March 24th at 10:00 pm.

Get ready for Realtime Register 2.1

September 10th the new Realtime Register 2.1 system has been released to the OT&E environment. Realtime Register 2.1 ensures compliance with the RAA 2013. We are planning to release version 2.1 to the production environment on Monday September 22th.

We have compiled an extensive Reseller Preparations Guide ICANN RAA 2013 for planning and reference. Make sure to download the Guide, get started with the required actions and forward the information to the appropriate staff members in your organization.

Things you need to take care of:

  1. Check your technical integration
  2. Check your handle management
  3. Check the postal code formats used
  4. Set up your branding
  5. Put your policies on your web sites.

New Realtime Register features:

  • Support for multiple brands
  • Fully editable HTML templates
  • Privacy Protect service
  • Branded registrant validation
  • New REST based API.

Testing environment
Login to the Realtime Register 2.1 OT&E environment at  https://dm.yoursrs-ote.com/ If you don’t have a testing account; please Realtime Register support.

New generic TLD’s
Shortly after the release on September 22th the first new gTLD’s will be available at Realtime Register. We will keep you informed.

News about the ICANN RAA 2013 #3

Realtime Register has made good progress with the preparations for the new ICANN RAA 2013. Below is a summary of important issues to consider. Please note the information sent earlier and available on our blog is still valid. We expect the new contract to be effective at the end of this quarter.

Update registrant information in time
Verification for updates of the registrant is demanded under the new contract. For contacts that are not up to date, we strongly advise you to update these before the ICANN RAA 2013 is effective. Please do so to avoid additional verifications.

Privacy protect
The ICANN RAA 2013 has effect on Privacy Protect (PP) registration of generic domains. Realtime Register has built a low cost system that deals with all requirements. There are two options: reseller supplied data and Realtime Register supplied data.

Realtime Register supplied PP data

  • Easy to set up
  • Small fee per PP registration
  • Redirects complaints or other communication to registrant by Realtime Register
  • No risks, 100% compliant registration

Reseller supplied PP data

  • Pre-acceptance audit by Realtime Register
  • Overall fee for acceptance by Realtime Register
  • Reseller is responsible to provide contact mechanism accepted by Realtime Register
  • Reseller is responsible for executing and compliancy
  • Annual audit reseller by Realtime Register

Testing environment
In the coming weeks we will make a testing environment available for our resellers to become familiar with the new branding options and other web interface changes coming from the ICANN RAA 2013. Please keep an eye out for the announcement.

Data retention waiver
While we are preparing for the roll-out of the new software, we are waiting for the data retention waiver from ICANN. As a registrar established in the Netherlands we are subjected to Dutch law. Some demands in the ICANN RAA 2013 are in conflict with the Dutch legislation about data retention. We expect to receive this waiver in a number of weeks.

Updated general terms and conditions
In the weeks to come we will present you an updated form with the new general terms and conditions which are in line with the ICANN 2013 requirements.

New generics
We are working hard to make the new generics available immediate after the ICANN RAA 2013 is effective. We will inform you as soon as more information is available.

Please check this blog, twitter account and the Domain Manager for updates and the effects the new contract will have on your account.

Changes in policy gTLD´s continued

This is a follow-up on last February´s newsletter about the impact of earlier announced ICANN requirements

Preparations for ICANN RAA2013

A. DNSSEC available
In the Realtime Register Domain Manager DNSSEC options are available for supported TLDs. You might want to test this feature In the Realtime Register (OT&E) environment first. Please note; at this time we support customer maintained name servers only.

B.  Validation of registrants for gTLD’s
The new ICANN policy requires the registered domain name holder (registrant) to validate its details like e-mail address etcetera in order to increase WHOIS accuracy.

Realtime Register will provide a fully brandable environment for this process later on this year.

This is an advance notification to prepare for your communication towards your customers.

Validation for generic domains is triggered on following events:
•  after domain name registration
•  before domain transfer
•  before a contact update.

Consequently the flows of registration and updates will change. Below are the new flows.

Domain name registration flows
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Transfer flows
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Update of contacts
flowchart_3

C. Privacy Protect
Realtime Register will soon offer Privacy Protect services in compliance with the ICANN RAA 2013. Customers having signed the Privacy Protect addendum will be able to offer easy and worry free privacy protect services.

The new contracts, addendums and pricing will be made available soon.

Realtime Register Privacy Protect is a great service to offer to your customers an excellent up-sell opportunity. End user prices are commonly up to $6 annually, per domain. Privacy protect as a paid service is a perfect way to boost your profits.

More news about upcoming changes
Soon you will hear more about:
•   Privacy Protect policy details
•   New Realtime Register contract and addenda
•   Release dates of the changes
•   Details about new gTLD’s