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<languages /> The Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) is a Stakeholder Group within the Contracted Parties House under ICANN's GNSO. It represents the interests of the gTLD Registries currently under contract with ICANN and provides them with gTLD Registry Services. It also facilitates communication among the gTLD Registries and voices the views of the Registry Constituency to the GNSO Council and the ICANN Board of Directors, with a special emphasis on ICANN consensus policies, which relate to the technical reliability, interoperability and the stable operation of the Internet or DNS.[1]


The most current and contentious debate between the Registry Stakeholder group and ICANN has been over the Registry Agreement related to New gTLD operators. Many members can be seen to represent not only their own applications but those of their clients, though forthcoming registry operators have also formed the separate New TLD Applicant Group within ICANN.

The RySG seems to be most strongly opposed to ICANN's attempt to integrate a "unilateral right to amend" into the Registry Agreement. The point would give the ICANN Board to amend the Agreement with a 2/3 majority vote, under the current registry agreement special amendments need the approval of registries representing two-thirds of all registry fees paid to ICANN before they became law. The RySG claims that ICANN is essentially doing away with the bottom-up multistakeholder model in favor of a restructuring that does not rely on GNSO policy development.[2] ICANN and its defenders claim that the change is necessary given the large amount of new registries to be created and prepare for any future Registry Agreements, where getting hundreds of operators to agree will be near impossible as evidenced by the 18 months spent working on the most recent Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). The RAA put forth by ICANN around the same time as the Registry Agreement has an identical "unilateral right to amend" clause.[3]

Organization and Membership of the RySG

The membership of the RySG is open to all TLD Registries. Registries must apply for membership via the application process. Every Registry needs to identify a Voting Delegate and, if desired, alternate Voting Delegates.


Funding for the RySG is provided by its members. Every member joining the Group needs to pay an initial membership fee as well as a fixed annual membership fee and a variable annual membership fee as per the schedule of the RySG. A member loses its voting rights if it fails to pay the fees as previously invoiced within thirty days after a written notice of non-payment.[4]

Structure of the RySG

Executive Committee

The RySG consists of an Executive Committee, which is comprised of a Chair, an Alternate Chair, and a Treasurer. The main responsibilities of the Executive Committee are to facilitate policy coordination meetings, to support the GNSO Council and the ICANN Board, as requested by ICANN, and to manage and administer elections.


GNSO Council Representatives

The following individuals represent the Registry Constituency and its views within the larger Generic Name Supporting Organization:

ICANN Nominating Committee Representative

Interest Groups

For the sake of collaborating on vital issues of common interest within the RySG, members self-organize themselves into different Interest Groups. The main responsibilities of these specific Interest Groups is to nominate candidates for GNSO Council Representatives, participate in the GNSO policy development processes, and develop position statements with special emphasis on the ICANN consensus policies.

The current/active Interest Groups and their members are:

Affirmation of Commitments (AoC)

Anti-Phishing Work Group

Fake Renewal Notices Drafting Team

Fast Flux Working Group

ICANN Academy Working Group


Internationalized Registration Data Work Group

Inter-Registrar Transfers Policy Working Group

Lock of Domain Name Subject to UDRP PDP Working Group

Post Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) Implementation Review Team

RAA Amendments Drafting Team

Registrar Accreditation Agreement Onboarding Inprovements Working Group

Registries Communication Practices Working Group

Registry Constituency

Prior to the GNSO restructuring, the Registry Stakeholder Group was known as the Registry Constituency. It was comprised of the registry operators for the .net, .org, .name, .com, .pro, .museum, .aero, .coop and .info gTLDs, which were the only TLDs at the time.[7]

Affiliated Stakeholder Groups

Due to the structure of RySG and ICANN following the start of the New gTLD Program, applicants who would potentially become registries if their applications were approved were allowed to join RySG as Observer members. To better represent their own unique perspectives within ICANN, they formed their own Stakeholder Group, the New Top-Level Domain Applicant Group (or NTAG], organized as a Stakeholder Group under RySG. There are smaller groups inside of NTAG as well, created to better represent their members: the Community Top-Level Domain Applicant Group (CTAG) and the Geographic Top-Level Domain Applicant Group (GeoTAG). At the moment, these are much more informal groups.[8]


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