ICANN answer to Notice of Registry Operator Request for Termination of Registry Agreement - .RIGHTATHOME new gTLD.
On 18 March 2020, Johnson Shareholdings, Inc. notified ICANN org of its intent to terminate the .rightathome Registry Agreement entered into on 23 July 2015.
Pursuant to Section 4.4(b) of the Registry Agreement, Registry Operator may terminate the Registry Agreement for any reason upon one hundred eighty (180) calendar day advance notice.
Pursuant to the terms of Section 4.5 of the Registry Agreement, as modified by Section 6 of the Specification 13 (.Brand TLD Provisions), ICANN org consulted with Johnson Shareholdings, Inc. to assess whether to transition operation of the .rightathome top-level domain (TLD) to a successor Registry Operator.
Subject to an ongoing evaluation, ICANN org has made a preliminary determination that operation of the .rightathome TLD need not be transitioned to a successor Registry Operator. ICANN org’s review and determinations regarding transition to a successor registry are subject to Section 4.5 of the Registry Agreement (as modified for a .Brand TLD).
ICANN org’s preliminary determination to not transition the TLD to a successor Registry Operator is based on the following rationale:
- .rightathome qualifies as a .Brand TLD.
- Transitioning the TLD is not necessary to protect the public interest.
Before releasing its final determination, ICANN org will consider input provided by interested parties via email at (email@example.com. The deadline to submit input is 20 May 2020 – 23:59 UTC.
This is standard procedure to terminate a new gTLD application.
Read the full request from SC Johnson on LinkedIn.