[nc-transfer] Impact to Registries
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IMPACT TO GTLD REGISTRIES
This report contemplates several new and/or modified obligations that will impact gTLD Registries and, as is the case with the gTLD Registrars, it will be important to ensure that ICANN and the DNSO are prepared to undertake outreach and education to ensure that all Registries and Registrars are aware of and compliant with these new and modified obligations.
Perhaps the recommendation with the most impact on the gTLD Registries is the possibility that they serve as a dispute resolution provider in cases where Registrars either dispute a transfer or alternatively, the NACK of a transfer by the losing Registrar. This may require gTLD Registries to supply new resources, including customer support and staff, that it does not currently provide. In addition, it may require gTLD Registries to engage in limited fact-finding investigations in an attempt to enforce the recommendations set forth in this report. Undoubtedly this may end up adding additional costs to the gTLD Registries which will be recoverable under the existing gTLD Registry Agreements with ICANN.
The Task Force does not believe the costs incurred as a result of these modifications will be substantial in light of the report's efforts to standardize the transfer process, thereby creating increased certainty for end users, and ultimately portability of domain names. During implementation discussions, further identification of cost areas can be undertaken by a joint working group of ICANN staff, Registrars, Registries and as needed, outside technical experts.
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