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.com Registry Agreement Appendix 9

Approved Services

(1 December 2012)

The Registry Agreement specifies a "Process for Consideration of Proposed Registry Services." The following services are specifically identified as having been approved by ICANN prior to the effective date of the Registry Agreement. As such, notwithstanding any other provisions of the Registry Agreement, VeriSign shall be free to deploy the following services:

  • ConsoliDate, in accordance with VeriSign's Registrar Reference Manual (v2.2) Section 2.14 to 2.14.3;
  • Internationalized Domain Names, in accordance with the Letter from Rusty Lewis to Paul Twomey dated 13 October 2003;
  • Restore, which allows use of the RRP Restore or EPP Update command to retrieve a previously deleted domain name registration during the Redemption Grace Period (approved by ICANN in accordance with VeriSign's Registrar Reference Manual (v2.2) Section 2.5.1.1-2.5.1.3);
  • Wait Listing Service, in accordance with the letter from John O. Jeffrey to Russell Lewis [PDF, 94 KB] dated 26 January 2004; and
  • Transfer Dispute Resolution, in accordance with the Registrar Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy, dated 12 July 2004 (as may be amended or superseded by ICANN), and VeriSign's Supplemental Rules for Registrar Transfer Disputes.
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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."