Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registry Agreements
Part 7 - Patch, Upgrade and Update Policy
Global Name Registry Limited (GNR) may issue periodic patches, updates or upgrades to the Software, RRP or APIs ("Licensed Product") licensed under the Registry-Registrar Agreement (the "Agreement") that will enhance functionality or otherwise improve the Shared Registration System under the Agreement. For the purposes of this section of Appendix C, the following terms have the associated meanings set forth herein. (1) A "Patch" means minor modifications to the Licensed Product made by GNR during the performance of error correction services. A Patch does not constitute a Version. (2) An "Update" means a new release of the Licensed Product which may contain error corrections, minor enhancements, and, in certain circumstances, major enhancements, and which is indicated by a change in the digit to right of the decimal point in the version number of the Licensed Product. (3) An "Upgrade" means a new release of the Licensed Product which involves the addition of substantial or substantially enhanced functionality and which is indicated by a change in the digit to the left of the decimal point in the version of the Licensed Product. (4) A "Version" means the Licensed Product identified by any single version number. Each Update and Upgrade causes a change in Version. Patches do not require corresponding changes to client applications developed, implemented, and maintained by each registrar. Updates may require changes to client applications by each registrar in order to take advantage of the new features and/or capabilities and continue to have access to the Shared Registration System. Upgrades require changes to client applications by each registrar in order to take advantage of the new features and/or capabilities and continue to have access to the Shared Registration System.
GNR, in its sole discretion, will deploy Patches during scheduled and announced Shared Registration System maintenance periods.
For Updates and Upgrades, GNR will give each registrar notice prior to deploying the Updates and Upgrades into the production environment. The notice shall be at least ninety (90) days. Such notice will include an initial thirty (30) days' notice before deploying the Update that requires changes to client applications or the Upgrade into the Operational Test and Evaluation ("OT&E") environment to which registrars have access. GNR will maintain the Update or Upgrade in the OT&E environment for at least thirty (30) days, to allow the registrars the opportunity to modify their client applications and complete testing, before implementing the new code in the production environment.
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