[cabfpub] New gTLDs

Bruce Morton Bruce.Morton at entrustdatacard.com
Mon Jan 9 21:33:12 UTC 2017

Would be great if an ICANN representative could confirm or clarify Peter’s statement below. From my review of the ICANN site, there is more information about Specification 13, then Specification 9. For instance see, https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/agb/base-agreement-contracting#spec13

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Subject: [cabfpub] New gTLDs

At Meeting 37, in Phoenix, Francisco Arias spoke about the ICANN new gTLDs program.  At the time we discussed “Specification 13” which is better known as .brand.  This is a contract specification that allows gTLD owners to restrict usage of their gTLD to certain parties.  At the time it seemed like this was the right indicator to determine if a single organization could claim control over a whole namespace starting with the TLD.

However I have recently found out that Specification 13 does not mean that a single organization is responsible for all registered domains.  Instead is it “Specification 9” which means such. https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/agb/base-agreement-contracting/ccer lists the rules for Spec9 TLDs:
i.          All domain name registrations in the TLD are registered to, and maintained by, Registry Operator for the exclusive use of Registry Operator or its affiliates;
ii.          Registry Operator does not sell, distribute or transfer control or use of any registrations in the TLD to any third party that is not an affiliate of Registry Operator

So CAs that are issuing certificates for *.<gTLD> should probably look to spec9 rather than spec13.

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