.PRO Cross-Ownership Removal Request
26 July 2013 23:59 UTC
16 August 2013 23:59 UTC
Staff Report Due
6 September 2013 23:59 UTC
ICANN is posting today for public comment the Afilias Limited request to removal of the cross-ownership restrictions reflected on the .PRO Registry Agreement dated 22 April 2010.
Section I: Description and Explanation
Afilias Limited requests the removal of the cross-ownership restrictions reflected on the .PRO Registry Agreement dated 22 April 2010.
This request is submitted according to the "Process for Handling Requests for Removal of Cross-Ownership Restrictions on Operators of Existing gTLDs" adopted by the Board on 18 October 2012. See: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/removal-cross-ownership.
According to the approved process, in order to lift cross-ownership restrictions, existing gTLD registry operators could either request an amendment to their existing Registry Agreement to remove the cross-ownership restrictions or request to transition to the new form of Registry Agreement for new gTLDs. Any proposed material amendments to gTLD registry agreements would be subject to public comment prior to ICANN approval.
Section II: Background
The current .PRO agreement dated 22 April 2010 has cross-ownership restrictions
On 18 October 2012 the Board approved the "Process for Handling Requests for Removal of Cross-Ownership Restrictions on Operators of Existing gTLDs". See: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/removal-cross-ownership.
In early 2013 Fundació puntCAT, the registry responsible for .CAT had a similar request approved by the Board.
Section III: Relevant Resources
Section IV: Additional Information
Report of Public Comments