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17 June 2016 – Session at ICANN56 Announced – Amending the New gTLD Registry Agreement

ICANN will hold a session at ICANN56 in Helsinki on 28 June 2016 at 07:30 UTC (10:30 EEST) on the proposed amendment to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement. To learn more, read the blog published 31 May 2016. To comment on the proposed amendment, click here.

14 June 2016 – Webinar – Amending the New gTLD Registry Agreement

31 May 2016 – Proposed Amendment to Base New gTLD Registry Agreement

Base Registry Agreement – Updated 09 January 2014

Base Registry Agreement (Updated 09 January 2014) is also available in:

العربية | Español | Français | Português | русский | 中文

Authorization for Release of All Digit/Digit, Letter/Digit, and Digit/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels at the Second Level - 01 December 2014

Base Specification 13 (.Brand TLD Provisions including Code of Conduct Exemption) – Updated 01 September 2016

Name Collision Occurrence Management Documents

  • Base Assessment (4 August 2014): DOCX | PDF | HTML
  • SLD Controlled Interruption Variations (12 September 2014): HTML
  • Addendum to Name Collision Occurrence Assessment (14 November 2014): DOCX | PDF | HTML

Registration Data Access Protocol gTLD Profile – 26 July 2016

Note: The Redline version reflects the updates from the previously posted version of the Base Registry Agreement. Please click the Archived Registry Agreements hyperlink above to view any previous Base Registry Agreements. The official Registry Agreement version is the Word version. The HTML version is machine-generated and may not display correctly.

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."