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Proposed .MUSEUM sTLD Registry Agreement Posted for Public Comment

The proposed .MUSEUM sTLD registry agreement is posted for public comment and can be viewed at <> [PDF, 60K] and appendices at <> [PDF, 148K] .

The proposed .MUSEUM registry agreement substantially follows the format of other recent sTLD registry agreements negotiated by ICANN. The agreement is for a ten-year term, and provides for the same set of requirements for:

  • compliance with consensus and temporary policies except to the extent policy development has been delegated to the sponsoring organization;
  • comprehensive registry data escrow; and
  • approval of new registry services and modifications to existing registry services.

The following summarizes changes in the proposed .MUSEUM registry agreement from its original agreement ( authorized on 17 October 2001:

  • The proposed agreement provides for the elimination of the wildcard.
  • Appendix S allows for the Sponsor to register names directly with the Registry Operator, strictly limited to 5,000 names.

MuseDoma, a corporation established in the State of Delaware (US), has filed documentation to become MuseDoma International, a corporation established under the laws of France. The founding sponsors of the newly incorporated organization will continue to be the International Council of Museums ("ICOM") and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Reference to MuseDoma, the corporation established under the laws of France, is bracketed on page one of the proposed registry agreement.

Fees to ICANN under the proposed registry agreement for .MUSEUM would be based on the total number of registrations.

On 21 December 2005, ICANN posted for public comment the Renewal Proposal ( for the .MUSEUM registry in accordance with the terms of the current agreement. ICANN staff continued to work with the sponsoring organization to finalize the proposed agreements and appendices.

Comments on the proposed agreement can be posted to no later than 5:00PM PST, 23 March 2007 and viewed at . At that time comments will be submitted to the Board of Directors for the Board to consider at its meeting on 29 March 2007.

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