Debate rages over future extension of URS to legacy TLDs

Noting that it wishes to “increase the consistency of registry agreements across all gTLDs”, ICANN has proposed that the renewal of the ‘.travel’ sponsored TLD registry agreement be based on the approved new gTLD Registry Agreement. One of the results of this approach is that the registry operator would comply with the URS, developed to enhance the RPMs available to trademark owners in new gTLDs. Subsequent to the consultation period opening, those opposed to the URS having effect in legacy TLDs have come out in force. However, the president of the IPC has told WTR that he would welcome the prospect of expanded URS use.

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