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1 An examination of the Registry/Registrar/Registrant Relationship in the CO.ZA Zone. Calvin Browne UniForum SA CO.ZA Registry

2 CO.ZA Registry/Registrar/Registrant ● What is a Registry ● What is a Registrar ● What is a Registrant ● Examine mistakes ● What we do right ● How you might want to do it ● Conclusion

3 A bit about CO.ZA ● As at July 2005: – Registrations (Medium sized?) – Been the Registry since 1995 – Inherited ~400 registrations – Non-profit – Has been (and still is) responsible for policy – Is a delegated sub-zone of.ZA

4 What is a Registry? ● Publishes a zone ● Publisher of 'whois' ● Is a natural monopoly

5 What can a Registry be? ● Can be a Registrar ● Can do DRP ● Can do ISP stuff ● Can do lots of stuff is should maybe not

6 What is a Registrar? ● Interfaces with a Registry/many Registries. ● Interfaces with a Registrant/many Registrants.

7 What can a Registrar be? ● Registry. ● Value added provider. – ISP – Web hosting – Multiple registries – etc etc

8 What is a Registrant? ● Person (natural or legal) who is listed as the Registrant in 'whois' ● Person (natural or legal) who can compel domain resolution service from registry

9 In CO.ZA, no Registrar Accreditation ● only technical constraints ● keeps entry level low ● increases competition ● consumer (registrant) less protected ● Registrar acts as agent for Registrant ● direct legal relationship between the Registry and Registrant

10 In CO.ZA, registration before payment ● makes cyber-squatting less expensive ● allows 'fly by night' registrars ● affects income and creates admin ● allows 'anonymous' registrations ● Don't try this at home – either get payment upfront – or have accounts/credit control

11 In CO.ZA (ZA) no DRP ● This is bad in a slow legal system (and most are) ● Have had a DRP on my desk since 2001 – legislative process meant introduction problematic ● Leads to litigation

12 In CO.ZA no published API ● makes interaction with Registry less certain ● simple interface ● published API makes life simpler

13 In CO.ZA we do ● Redemption Grace Period (ie suspend before deletion) ● Have a good set of terms and conditions ● Fast and efficient ● Try and learn from other registries

14 Conclusion ● My advice – API ● There is no absolutely right or wrong way ● Be responsive to community (but keep stuff stable)

15 Questions?


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