Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registry Agreements
Unsponsored TLD Agreement: Appendix I (.pro)
Posted: 1 March 2001
Registry Code of Conduct
RegistryPro will at all times operate as a trusted neutral third-party provider of Registry Services. RegistryPro recognizes that domain names are the means by which businesses, consumers, and individuals gain access to, navigate, and reap the benefits of the global Internet. These benefits cannot be fully realized, however, unless DNS resources are administered in a fair, efficient, and neutral manner that makes them available to all parties desiring to provide DNS services. To ensure the provision of neutral Registry Services, RegistryPro will comply with the following Code of Conduct.
1. Other than in connection with the distribution of dividends or other profits to RegistryPro's members and shareholders or incidental benefits that might arise from public information regarding RegistryPro, RegistryPro will not directly or indirectly, show any preference or provide any special consideration to any ICANN-Accredited Registrar in the .pro Registry versus another ICANN-Accredited Registrar in the .pro Registry, as those terms are defined by ICANN, including the registry or registrar owned by a shareholder of RegistryPro.
3. RegistryPro and its shareholders and subcontractors shall not in any way attempt to warehouse or register domain names in their own right, except for names designated for operational purposes in compliance with Subsections 3.6.1 and 3.6.2 of the Registry Agreement. In its Monthly Report to ICANN, RegistryPro shall include a list of all names designated for operational purposes.
4. Any shareholder, subsidiary, affiliate, or other related entity of RegistryPro that also operates as a provider of registrar services shall maintain separate books of account with respect to its registrar operations.
5. Neither RegistryPro, nor its owners, subsidiaries, affiliates, or other related entities shall have access to user data or proprietary information of an ICANN-Accredited Registrar, except as necessary for registry management and operations.
6. RegistryPro will ensure that no user data or proprietary information from any ICANN-Accredited Registrar is disclosed to its affiliates, subsidiaries, or other related entities, except as necessary for registry management and operations.
7. Confidential information about RegistryPro's business services will not be shared with employees of any DNS registry operator or ICANN-Accredited Registrars, except as necessary for registry management and operations.
8. RegistryPro will conduct internal neutrality reviews on a regular basis. In addition, RegistryPro and ICANN may mutually agree on an independent party that ICANN may hire, at ICANN's expense, to conduct a neutrality review of RegistryPro, ensuring that RegistryPro and its owners comply with all the provisions of this Registry Operator Code of Conduct. The neutrality review may be conducted as often as once per year. RegistryPro will provide the analyst with reasonable access to information and records appropriate to complete the review. The results of the review will be provided to ICANN and shall be deemed to be confidential and proprietary information of RegistryPro and its owners.
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