Membership Application Form

Application Form to qualify to join CORE
Submitted to the Internet Council of Registrars (CORE)

THIS FORM MUST BE PRINTED OUT AND SIGNED IN IT'S ENTIRETY. THE INTRODUCTORY NOTES FORM AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE FORM.

INTRODUCTORY NOTES

CORE Assessments

Applicants are advised that the members of the CORE Association have assessed themselves the sum of US $2,000 per month, from January 1998 to April 1998, US $500 per month beginning May 1998 until December 1998, US$ 750 per month in until November 1999 and US$ 250 a month since December 1999, to defray ongoing operating expenses. Since December 2001, members using the CORE Shared Registry System (SRS) were assessed an additional US$ 250 per month of usage. From January 2007 these fees were replaced by a unique assessment of USD 100 (USD 10 for members from countries with a GDP below 15000 USD as per the current list of the International Monetary Fund) irrespective of the usage of the SRS. It is anticipated that some level of assessment - which may be more than the current level, or less - will continue until the CORE Association realizes income from the registration of second level domain names. Assessments have been credited against fees otherwise payable by registrars for the creation of second level domain names within the CORE top level domains once CORE operates as a TLD registry, but none of the Assessments are refundable under any circumstances.

Qualification to join CORE and Become a CORE Registrar

I.0 In order to join CORE and act as a CORE registrar, an entity must follow the following steps:

  • Submit this application form and transfer the application fee;

  • Have the application be deemed acceptable;

  • After the application has been deemed acceptable, read and agree to the CORE AoAs (http://http://www.corenic.org/articles_of_association.htm) and thereby becoming a member of CORE;

  • Conform to any operational and technical requirements as may be determined by CORE for registrars.

I.1 This application form is intended to be used by applicants who wish to apply to the Internet Council of Registrants (CORE) to join CORE and become a CORE registrar.

I.2 Applicants must supply all of the information requested in this application in order to become a member of the Internet Council of Registrars (CORE). Only members of CORE may become CORE registrars.

I.3 All of the information contained in this application shall remain, even after the application is accepted, subject to further verification by CORE.

I.4 APPLICANT AFFIRMS THAT IT HAS READ THE CORE AoAs AND HAS UNDERSTOOD ALL OF THE PROVISIONS THEREIN.

Application Fees

I.5 All applications must be submitted with a US$3,500 (USD 500 for members from countries with a GDP below 15000 USD as per the current list of the International Monetary Fund) bank wire to the Internet Council of Registrars (CORE) and dated no later than the date the application is received. This amount is a Minimal Initial Account Balance (MIAB), fully available to fund registrations, but not refundable once the applicant becomes member of CORE.

I.6 Any applicant that is determined not to qualify under this application will have the US$3,500 (resp. USD 500) refunded, less administrative costs, such as fees of an independent firm retained to review an applications and verify that the required information is included (this deduction will not exceed US$1,000).

I.7 The fees submitted by applicants which qualify under this application form and are deemed accepted by CORE shall become the property of CORE, and shall be used, inter alia, for expenses and development of technology and administrative structures to be utilized by CORE.

Submission of Applications

I.8 Applications and fees must be sent via registered mail or courier services to:

CORE Association - Internet Council of Registrars
World Trade Center II
29 route de Pré-Bois
CH-1215 Geneva
Switzerland.

I.9 Applications must be typed or printed and completed in English.

I.10 Applications that are not accompanied by payment of the proper fees, or which are accompanied by an instrument, which does not result in actual payment to the CORE bank account, will be returned to the sender and will not be effective as an application.

I.11 Affiliated entities may only submit one application among them. "Affiliated" means, with respect to any given entity, that another entity directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by. It is under common control with, such entity. "Control" over an entity means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such entity, whether through the ownership of voting securities or other equity interest, representation on its board of directors or body performing similar functions, by contract or otherwise, or in any other manner.

I.12 Except for the names and contact information of successful applicants, all applications will be considered confidential and no information submitted which identifies a particular applicant will be divulged unless required by competent governmental authority.

Opportunity to Cure Defects in the Application

I.13 Applicants will be notified by e-mail and/or fax of any required information, which is missing in the application. Such defects must be cured within thirty days from notification of the deficiency.

I.14 If such defect is not cured within the stated period, the applicant will be deemed not to qualify to become a CORE Member. Application fee will be returned, less costs, not to exceed US $1,000.00.

Notification of Applicants Which Qualify as CORE Members

I.15 The name, contact information and Internet address (Items 1a, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the application form) of applicants who are deemed to become CORE Members will be posted at http://www.corenic.org.

I.16 At such times as applications are approved, the successful applicant will be notified of its approval.


APPLICATION FORM

(to be submitted in duplicate)

Identification Information


ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY CORE; ANY MISREPRESENTATIONS WILL BE CAUSE FOR POSSIBLE REJECTION OF THE APPLICATION OR REMOVAL AS A REGISTRAR

1a. Full name of applicant:

1b. Applicant is a(n) individual: _____; company _____ (check one)

1c. If applicant is a company, its national identification number, if available (e.g., taxpayer number, corporate registry number):

2. If applicant is a company,

Name of chief executive officer of company:

Contact person name and title in company:

3a. Address of the applicant:

(if applicant is a company, state the principal place of business)

3b. Address of the contact person, if different;


4a. Phone number of the applicant:
(include country and city code)

4b. Phone number of the contact person, if different:
(include country and city code)

5a. Fax number of the applicant:
(include country and city code)

5b. Fax number of the contact person, if different:
(include country and city code)

6a. E-mail address of the applicant:

6b. E-mail address of the contact person, if different:

6c. URL of the applicant's homepage:

7. Subnets used to access CORE port 43 whois services:
(if not specified your access will have a daily limitation of requests)


Qualifying Criteria

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATON; FAILURE TO MEET ANY OF THE CRITERIA, AND/OR ANY MISREPRESENTATION, WILL BE CAUSE FOR POSSIBLE REJECTION OF THE APPLICATION OR REMOVAL AS A REGISTRAR

8. Applicant affirms that it will engage adequate staff in its registration activities.

9. Existing domain name:
The holder (either administrative, technical, zone or billing contact name as seen by whois) of the domain name must be either the owner of the company listed above or anyone else listed in question #2 above.

THE APPLICANT DECLARES THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN AND ATTACHED HERETO IS TRUE AND CORRECT, AND APPLICANT AGREES TO ALL ITEMS STATED IN THIS FORM AND IN THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS APPLICATION, WHICH ARE STATED BELOW AND ARE INCORPORATED HEREIN BY THIS REFERENCE. ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY CORE, AND ANY FALSE INFORMATION MAY BE GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL OF THE APPLICANT FROM CORE.

Signature or Notarized signature

If necessary for due diligence with regard to CORE’s capacity to identify the applicant, CORE reserves the right to require the applicant to notarize its signature below, and to require notarized company registration documents as well as their translation into English by a sworn translator. Signature of chief executive officer of applicant, authorized by applicant to sign this application:


Date of signature:

Name (Print):

Title (Print):

Location, State/Province/Prefecture and Country:

[For countries where applicable; witness signatures]

Notarized signature of witness:


Name (Print):

Notarized signature of witness:


Name (Print):

TERMS & CONDITIONS


TC.1 By submitting the attached application and in consideration for this application, Applicant agrees to the following terms and conditions:'

TC.2 Items I.0 to I.19 of the Introductory Notes are incorporated herein by reference. Applicants are cautioned that acceptance of their application entails an obligation to pay the assessments payable by all CORE members, as decided by the CORE plenary meeting. It is anticipated that some level of assessment - which may be more than the current level - will continue until the CORE Association realizes income from the registration of second level domain names. Payment of the assessments will be a precondition to the applicant becoming a member of the CORE Association.

TC.3 For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions, "Administrative Parties" means CORE, a Swiss Association, any party CORE may have retained as counsel or administrative service provider for the purpose of processing this application, and each of their partners, principals, officers, directors, agents, parents, members, affiliates, representatives, distributors, franchisees, employees, and contractors.

TC.4 Applicant acknowledges that applicant is in no way guaranteed to be approved as a CORE Member.

TC.5 Applicant asserts that all information Applicant has provided to the Administrative Parties is true and accurate, and that any misrepresentation is grounds for rejection of the application or for termination of the applicant as registrar.

TC.6 Applicant asserts that it has the full power and authority, including any internal corporate approvals, necessary to submit this application.

TC.7 Applicant asserts that the submission of this application will not (i) conflict with the certificate of incorporation, by-laws or other applicable governing document of Applicant, (ii) conflict with, or result in the breach or termination of, or constitute a default under, any lease, agreement, commitment or other agreement or instrument, or any order, judgment or decree to which Applicant is a party or by which Applicant is bound, or (iii) constitute a violation by Applicant of any applicable law or regulation, or require Applicant to obtain or make any consent, waiver, approval, order, permit or authorization.

TC.8 Applicant waives all claims or other legal recourse against each of Administrative Parties arising from or related to the application process, to the full extent allowed by law.

TC.9 Applicant agrees to defend, indemnify, save and hold harmless each of the Administrative Parties, from and against, any and all claims, demands, liabilities, costs and/or expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys' fees) brought against, paid or incurred by each of the Administrative Parties, at any time and in any way resulting from, arising out of, or otherwise relating to Applicant's application to become a gTLD Registrar, including any alleged or actual gross negligence or knowing and willful misconduct by the Administrative Parties. In no event shall any of the Administrative Parties be liable to applicant for indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damage or expense, including without limitation, lost profits or opportunity costs, even if the Administrative parties have been advised of the possibility of such damage or expense.

TC10 Applicant agrees that any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this application process, or the breech, termination or invalidity thereof, shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as at present in force. The appointing authority shall be the Secretary General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. There shall be a sole arbitrator. The place of arbitration shall be Geneva, Switzerland. The language used in the arbitral process shall be English. The dispute, controversy or claim shall be decided in accordance with Swiss law.

TC.11 Applicant agrees to communication by e-mail and/or fax to the addresses listed in the application, and that any failure to respond to any such communication which calls for a response shall be deemed to be a failure to communicate on the part of the applicant.