ICANN Warns .JOBS To Get House in Order

ICANN has sent a stern letter to Employ Media, operators of the .JOBS gTLD, saying they are in breach of their Registry Agreement.

The letter from John Jeffrey, ICANN’s General Counsel, states “this breach results from Employ Media and its sponsoring organization, the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) failure to establish policies, in conformity with the defined purpose and intent of the .JOBS registry; and further may be inconsistent with the .JOBS Charter for the naming conventions within the sponsored TLD and for requirements of registration as required by Section 3.1(d)(i)(A) of the .JOBS Registry Agreement.”

ICANN has given Employ Media 30 days to rectify the situation. But if they do not, ICANN say they may commence procedures to terminate the .JOBS Registry Agreement.

To avoid this happening, ICANN state in the letter dated 27 February that Employ Media must establish meaningful registration policies, in conformity with the .JOBS Charter, for the naming conventions within the sponsored TLD and for requirements of registration.”

“Employ Media and SHRM failed to establish any meaningful restrictions on what types of people or entities may register second-level domain names within the .JOBS TLD. By not establishing any meaningful restrictions on who may register second level registrations in the .JOBS TLD, Employ Media put in operation a TLD where anyone can register names, thus defeating the purpose for which the sponsored TLD came into existence.”

ICANN say to avoid having their Registry Agreement terminated, “Employ Media, through its sponsoring organization, SHRM, must develop and implement meaningful restrictive policies in conformance with the .JOBS Charter regarding what types of people or entities may register second-level domain names within the .JOBS TLD. These registrations policies must serve the needs of the international human resource management community.”

The ICANN letter to Employ Media is available at icann.org/en/correspondence/burnette-to-johnson-fassett-27feb11-en.pdf