has signed ICANN.s new Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) 2013,
which introduces new obligations on both registrars and resellers. The
new RAA 2013 will take effect on 1 January 2014 and incorporates
changes that impact all existing and new gTLD registrations.
A summary of some of these changes is outlined below. Please note that
the obligations stated in this
notice are not exhaustive.
Email and postal address validation/verification
RAA 2013 now requires all registrars of record to validate all
registrant postal addresses and verify
the registrant.s contact email address. This validation/verification
process must occur during the following three events:
1. A new domain name is registered
2. A domain name is transferred into Melbourne IT or its resellers
3. Whenever a contact modification is executed
To comply with these new requirements with minimal impact on our
resellers, Melbourne IT will be modifying its systems and processes to
perform the following actions automatically upon the
above-mentioned trigger events:
- For postal addresses; Melbourne IT will validate this data
using a third party global address database. In the event the address
fails to validate, Melbourne IT will email the registrant and require
they update their details via accessing a generic webpage managed by
Melbourne IT. Resellers will subsequently be notified of any changes
made via this process.
- For email addresses; registrants will be sent an email
notice (and subsequent reminder notices, if applicable) by Melbourne IT
requesting they verify their email address by clicking on a link
within the message.
In both instances, a registrant has up to 15 days to re-validate their
postal address or verify their email address, otherwise the applicable
domain name will be suspended. Suspension will remain until the data
has been verified/validated.
· Additional obligations that the RAA 2013 introduces on
resellers include the following:
· Resellers are prohibited from offering proxy/privacy
services which do not comply with ICANN.s
new .Proxy Accreditation Program.. Melbourne IT.s Private Registration
service remains ICANN compliant.
· Resellers must publish a link to ICANN.s Registrants.
Benefits and Responsibilities on their applicable websites.
Should you fail to comply with any of the obligations imposed by
ICANN.s RAA 2013, this will be a breach of your Melbourne IT Authorised
Reseller Agreement. To avoid compliance action being undertaken, kindly
you review and implement the necessary provisions of the RAA
to 1 January 2014.
A full copy of the RAA 2013 can be viewed on ICANN.s website here.
If you have any questions regarding this upcoming change, please
contact your Account Manager or the Reseller Support Team.
Melbourne IT Reseller Team