Closed Generics

  • .food goes live, and it’s a closed generic

    … ICANN rules hastily cobbled together after outrage over so-called “closed generics”, a registry cannot run as a dot-brand a gTLD that is: a string consisting of a word or term that denominates or describes a general class of goods, services, groups, organizations or things, as opposed to distinguishing a specific brand of goods, services, groups…

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  • Registrars say Amazon is “closing” open gTLD

    … about .moi, I think. The gTLD is merely a canary for Amazon’s 30-odd yet-to-be-launched gTLDs. The company has the rights to potentially more attractive strings, including .book, .song and .tunes. Amazon originally wanted to make these strings “closed generics”, or what ICANN calls “exclusive access” gTLDs, where only Amazon could register names…

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  • .phone will be restricted after Dish gTLD auction win

    … The new gTLD .phone is going to be tightly restricted, after Dish DBS won the contested string at auction. The American satellite communications firm beat Donuts to the gTLD, judging by Donuts’ withdrawal from the two-horse on Friday. This means that if you’re not a licensed telecoms or voice-over-IP service provider, you won’t be able…

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  • Foot-dragging Amazon has bumper crop of new gTLDs

    … Amazon Registry Services took possession of 17 new gTLDs at the weekend. The would-be portfolio registry had .author, .book, .bot, .buy, .call, .circle, .fast, .got, .jot, .joy, .like, .pin, .read, .room, .safe, .smile and .zero delegated to the DNS root zone. Amazon seems to have waited until the last possible moment to have the strings…

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  • Aussie government slams .food closed generic bid

    … common generic strings, such as .food, for the exclusive use of a single entity could have a negative impact on competition… The Australian Government does not consider that Lifestyle Domain Holdings’ application to operate .food for its exclusive use serves a public interest goal. Lifestyle Domain is a subsidiary of Scripps Networks, the company…

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  • .food applies for dot-brand status, but you can help stop it

    … Scripps Networks, the company that runs the Food Network television network, wants to make .food a dot-brand gTLD that only it can use. The company has applied to ICANN to have Specification 13 exemptions incorporated into its Registry Agreement. Spec 13 is an add-on to the RA that dot-brands use to exempt themselves from having to sell…

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  • Viking victor in .cruise gTLD auction

    … Viking River Cruises has emerged as the winner of the .cruise new gTLD contention set. It seems to have beaten Cruise Lines International Association, which has withdrawn the only competing application, in an auction. Both applicants originally proposed a single-registrant model, in which only the registry could own domains, but changed…

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  • .cruise heading to auction despite “closed generic” protest

    … Ownership of the contested gTLD .cruise will be resolved by auction, despite protests from one applicant that the other left it two late to drop its “closed generic” plans. Applications from Cruise Lines International Association and Viking River Cruises were both placed in “In Auction” status by ICANN overnight. Both original applications had…

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  • ICANN bans closed generic gTLDs, for now

    … gTLDs” will not be able to sign a registry contract. Instead, they will either have to withdraw their applications (receiving a partial refund), drop their exclusivity plans, or have their applications carried over to the second new gTLD round. The GNSO has been asked to develop a policy on closed generics for the second round, which is still…

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  • ICANN ponders rejecting all closed generics

    …, but risks the wrath of companies that applied for closed generics — which were always envisaged when the new gTLD rules were being developed — in good faith. Alternatively, developing a process to measure the applications against the “public interest” would be very time-consuming, possibly not even feasible, and would add even more delay…

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  • Amazon snubs ICANN auction to win .coupon privately

    … to be good news for M+M, which will see the majority of the cash. However, it could be related to the fact that .coupon, and dozens of other Amazon new gTLD applications, recently made the switch from being “closed generics” to more inclusive proposals. Amazon had originally intended that itself and its subsidiaries would be the “only eligible…

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