The Registry Agreement is a generic formal document constructed by ICANN, it's Councils and Boards, and the community at large. It was written in order to formalize a relationship between applications participating in the New gTLD Program and ICANN. The document sets the rights, obligations, and other terms of agreement that the applicant must submit to in order to become a Registry Operator.
There has been some controversy regarding ICANN's right to unilaterally amend the RA and other agreements. On February 5th, 2013, ICANN published a new version of the RA with language that gave the organization unilateral right to amend the contract between them and Registries. A public comment period that followed the February version saw 30 comments that opposed the "right to amend" language.
- Registry Agreement, New gTLDs, ICANN.org Retrieved 10 Sept 2013
- The Unilateral Right to Amend, Internet Governance.orgPublished 5 Sept 2013, Retrieved 10 Sept 2013