The Registrar Agreement is the contract that governs the commercial relationship between Nominet and over 3,700 registrars who act as the sales channel for the .uk domain names.
We launched a review of how the Registrar Agreement should evolve in support of .uk in April 2012 to take account of significant developments taking place within the industry and increasing stakeholder expectations.
In doing this, we aim to deliver a fit-for-the-future agreement that strengthens our core .uk business. Our overall objectives are:
- To ensure and reward higher standards to reinforce the reputation of .uk as trusted, relevant and competitive.
- To demonstrate how the .uk domain name industry is responsibly self-regulating and working in the interests of registrants.
- To give us greater scope to address systems abuse or prevent activities that may endanger our systems.
- To ensure the size of a registrar’s business should not be barrier to achieving higher standards.
Following the publication of a revised draft agreement in June 2013 we received a range of helpful written and verbal feedback from stakeholders. There was broad support for our overall objectives and many useful comments on the drafting as well as requests for clarification.
We are now publishing a revised draft of our new Agreement for final comments. This revised draft incorporates changes that seek to balance our overall objectives with those stakeholder comments. We have also updated the explanatory notes to explain the amendments made in response to stakeholder feedback, as well as those suggested by stakeholders that have not been adopted. Alongside this, we have also published a Data Quality Policy for comment.
We welcome final comments on the changes to this revised Registrar Agreement by 20 December 2013. To respond, please email your comments and views, with a completed response coversheet, to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will give 30 days’ notice before the agreement comes into force in early 2014. A six-month dedicated support period will be put in place to help registrars move across to the new model.