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Amendment No. 3 to the .ASIA Registry Agreement

(29 February 2012)

ICANN and DOTASIA agree that the following modifications are made to Appendix 6 Schedule of Reserved Names of the .ASIA Registry Agreement dated 6 December 2006:

  1. The Parties agree that Appendix 6 to the Agreement is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with a new Appendix 6, in the form attached hereto.

  2. The Parties agree to the following Section B modifications:

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  1. All single-character labels. The Registry Operator may release these reservations based on its implementation of measures consistent with the Start-Up Plan (Part 4 of Appendix S).

  2. All two-character labels.. The Registry Operator may also release these reservations based on its implementation of measures consistent with the Start-Up Plan (Part 4 of Appendix S), including to avoid confusion with the corresponding country codes (ISO 3166 2-character codes).


The Parties have duly executed this Amendment as of the date first written below.



Name: Kurt Pritz

Title: Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Relations

Date: ___________________________



Name: Edmon Chung

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Date: ___________________________

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."