Assuming that registration agreements are adopted in their proposed form, trademark holders and security experts will be satisfied with the additional MPRs and IPs contained in the contracts. As with new gTLDs, trademark holders and security experts rely on registration operators to enforce these provisions with their registrars. However, trademark holders, particularly smaller brand owners, should be concerned that the price cap may be concerned about the removal of the price cap. Any significant price increase could affect a brand`s ability to keep names on the defensive and open them up to damage reputation. Public interest obligations (better known as ICP) are defined in specification 11 of the basic registry agreement. The obligations in Specification 11 require registrars to use only accredited registrars and take certain measures to mitigate DNA abuse. In 2012, a number of applicants chose to add voluntary commitments, including an obligation to keep the registry in accordance with statements made at the time of application. These voluntary commitments were intended to allay the concerns of the ICANN community about how the TLD string could be misused. It is significant that the obligations contained in the ICPs are governed by the public Interest Commit Dispute resolution Resolution Resolution , which allows individuals or groups to initiate formal litigation proceedings if they believe that a registry operator has not complied with its PICs. The PICDRP is used in addition to the standard compliance process used by ICANN. Each of the registry operators whose registration agreement has been renewed has adopted standard PICs in order to mitigate DNA abuse and to register in an open, transparent and non-exclusive manner. The proposal. THE ASIA registration agreements also contain voluntary NICs.
When the DotAsia Foundation initially applied for .ASIA, it made a number of commitments on how it would operate .ASIA with the support of the Asian community. These initial commitments have been maintained. This has not been the case for the other three registry operators, whose contracts will also be renewed and who have received contracts for their TLDs. ICANN plans to renew four Legacy TLD contracts (.ORG, .INFO, .ASIA, . BIS) which it issued for public notice following renewal negotiations with registry operators. The proposed renewal contracts provide for the four older TLDs to pass into a variant of the new gTLD basic registration agreement. The basic registration agreement is between ICANN and the new gTLD operators who have been delegated to the new 2012 gTLD program. Since 2012, ICANN appears to have encouraged former TLD operators to accept more provisions of the basic registry contract when old contracts are being renegotiated. One of ICANN`s main drivers appears to be the desire not to have to control compliance with several different types of registration agreements and, therefore, to have a more homogeneous set of obligations. For gTLDs introduced from 2012, ICANN has not included tariff caps, allowing registries to set their own prices. The only restriction in this regard was that the registries would not be able to distinguish between filers by offering different prices to different filers and that price increases would have to be properly communicated so that filers could register or renew themselves at the old price.
On the other hand, uns sponsored TTLDs contained a kind of price cap.