DomainPeople Signs 2013 RAA

DomainPeople has signed the ICANN 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) prior to the expiry of our previous 2009 RAA. The reason for this preemptive signing is to establish DomainPeople as an ICANN-accredited registrar, certified to support the new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that will enter the Internet’s root zone file over the course of the next several years.

Only registrars that have signed onto the 2013 RAA will be considered fully accredited and certified to offer registration services for the hundreds of new gTLDs that will start becoming available starting in January 2014. We’re excited about reaching this milestone and we’re eager to start making new gTLDs available to our customers.

With over six hundred new gTLDs expected to be available to the general public over the next year and a half to two years, ICANN will be contracting about 20 new gTLD registries per week. Once the contracting has completed, a registry can then start its onboarding process with registrars to make their specific gTLD available for registration to the general public.

DomainPeople understands that a fundamental shift is taking place in the domain industry. The introduction of new gTLDs will change the way people around the world interact with the Internet. Our gTLD WatchList service continues to keep new and existing customers up-to-date on the progress related to the launch of new gTLDs ever since we introduced the portal last March. We will soon be launching SunRise, LandRush, and live pre-registrations through the WatchList starting in January.

To stay informed of launch phases, and to ensure you successfully register your desired new gTLD, simply login to our WatchList Portal. and start building the list of domain extensions you are interested in. Best of all, tracking new gTLDs through the WatchList is FREE and non-binding.

For more info on these new gTLDs, and to stay informed on their releases, we invite you to log in to our new gTLD WatchList Portal.

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Domain Name Registrants' Rights and Responsibilities

Last month, we notified customers that the upcoming registrant email verification process as mandated by ICANN will start on January 1st, 2014. Completing a registrant email verification is the responsibility of the registrant and must be done within the 15-day window allotted, or the domain will be suspended. We received many comments and questions about email verification and we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of some of the rights and responsibilities applicable to a gTLD registrant as defined by ICANN.

Domain Name Registrants' Rights:

1. Your domain name registration and any privacy/proxy services you may use in conjunction with it must be subject to a Registration Agreement with an ICANN Accredited Registrar.

  • You are entitled to review this Registration Agreement at any time, and download a copy for your records. Your DomainPeople Registration Agreement is available here.

2. You are entitled to accurate and accessible information about:

  • The identity of your ICANN Accredited Registrar;

  • The identity of any proxy or privacy service provider affiliated with your Registrar;

  • Your Registrar's terms and conditions, including pricing information, applicable to domain name registrations;

  • The terms and conditions, including pricing information, applicable to any privacy services offered by your Registrar;

  • The customer support services offered by your Registrar and the privacy services provider, and how to access them;

  • How to raise concerns and resolve disputes with your Registrar and any privacy services offered by them;

  • Instructions that explain your Registrar's processes for registering, managing, transferring, renewing, and restoring your domain name registrations, including through any proxy or privacy services made available by your Registrar.

3. You shall not be subject to false advertising or deceptive practices by your Registrar or through any proxy or privacy services made available by your Registrar. This includes deceptive notices, hidden fees, and any practices that are illegal under the consumer protection law of your residence.

Domain Name Registrants' Responsibilities:

  1. You must comply with the terms and conditions posted by your Registrar, including applicable policies from your Registrar, the Registry and ICANN.

  2. You must review your Registrar's current Registration Agreement, along with any updates.

  3. You will assume sole responsibility for the registration and use of your domain name.

  4. You must provide accurate information for publication in directories such as WHOIS, and promptly update this to reflect any changes.

  5. You must respond to inquiries from your Registrar within fifteen (15) days, and keep your Registrar account data current. If you choose to have your domain name registration renew automatically, you must also keep your payment information current.

ICANN maintains a webpage dedicated to Registrant’s rights and responsibilities on its website.

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