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    Contract with Verisign as adopted Apr 2001
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday May 04 2005, @11:56AM (#15081)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    When the board of directors adopted the new contract with Verisign - the contract that gave verisign .org in perpetuity (in practice) in exchange for the relinquishment of .org and .net I do not believe that anyone considered that contract language as saying anything other that at some time soon Verisign would *not* have those other TLDs.

    In other words, it may well be argued that the contract that the board adopted in April 2001 can be read to contain a prohibition against Versign rebidding-on or retaining those TLDs that it promised to give up in exhchange for a permanant lock on .com.

    (I voted against the contract. [cavebear.com])

    Of course, given the performance of those legal minds of Jones Day who privately negotiated that contact and rammed it through even over the objections of the then DNSO, coupled with the mindless acceptance by ICANN's board of all things that staff and Jones Day put before it, it is not surprising that this ambiguity, one that has created yet another gift of historical proportions to Verisign, arose.

    This situation is not one made by Telecordia; rather it is a situation created by the way ICANN's board and its members have abandoned their duties and have become little more than mindless rubber stamps.
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    Re:Contract with Verisign as adopted Apr 2001
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 04 2005, @12:47PM (#15082)
    Hard to reconcile Karl's claim that the "contract that the board adopted in April 2001 can be read to contain a prohibition" against VeriSign re-bidding on .net given the pretty explicit language in the contract that said it can.

    Here it is:

    5.2.2 Registry Operator or its assignee shall be eligible to serve as the successor Registry Operator and neither the procedure established in accordance with subsection 5.2.1 nor the fact that Registry Operator is the incumbent shall disadvantage Registry Operator in comparison to other entities seeking to serve as the successor Registry.

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