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Amendment No. 1 to the .POST Sponsored TLD Agreement

3 October 2012

This Amendment no .1 to the .POST Sponsored TLD Agreement dated 11 December 2009 (hereinafter the "Amendment no. 1) is entered into by and between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (hereinafter "ICANN") and the Universal Postal Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations having its headquarters at Weltpoststrasse 4, 3000 Bern 15, Switzerland (hereinafter the "UPU" or "Sponsor"). ICANN and the UPU may also be referred to individually as "Party", or collectively as "Parties".

ICANN and the UPU agree that the following modifications shall be made to the .POST Sponsored TLD Agreement dated 11 December 2009 ("Sponsored TLD Agreement"):

  1. Article III, Section 3.1(d)(i)(C) of the Sponsored TLD Agreement is deleted and replaced with the following new text:

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    (C) Unless otherwise authorized under the terms of the Agreement and without prejudice to any additional registration restrictions defined by the Sponsor in accordance with the Appendices to this Agreement, Sponsor shall reserve, and not allow Registry Operator to register any TLD strings appearing on the list of reserved TLD strings attached as Appendix 6 hereto.

  2. Article III, Section 3.1(d)(iii) of the Sponsored TLD Agreement is deleted and replaced with the following new text to correctly reference Appendix 6:

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    iii. Use of ICANN-Accredited Registrars. Sponsor shall ensure that all Sponsor Services offered by Registry Operator are provided through ICANN-accredited registrars, unless otherwise specified in Appendix 6.

  3. Article VII, Section 7.1(c) of the Sponsored TLD Agreement is deleted and replaced with the following new text to correctly reference Appendix 6:

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    c. Sponsor Shall Not Act as its Own Registrar. Sponsor shall not act as a registrar with respect to the Sponsored TLD. This shall not preclude Sponsor from registering names within the Sponsored TLD to itself through a request made to an ICANN-accredited registrar or as otherwise permitted under Appendix 6.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have caused this Amendment no. 1 to be executed in two originals by their duly authorized representatives, as of the second date indicated below.



Name: Kurt Pritz

Title: Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Relations

Date: _____________________________



Name: Edouard DAYAN

Title: Director General of the International Bureau

Date: _____________________________

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