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

    …. The complaints follow Amazon’s filing of a Registry Services Evaluation Process request with ICANN in March. The RSEP speaks in broad terms about rejigging the conventional domain registration path so that all .moi sales are funneled through Amazon’s registry site, where registrants will have their eligibility verified and then be offered a set…

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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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -
  • Foot-dragging Amazon has bumper crop of new gTLDs

    … delegated. It signed its registry agreements — which state the TLDs must be delegated with a year — in mid-December 2014. Don’t plan on being able to register domains in any of these gTLDs. You may be disappointed. All of the strings were originally applied for as what became known as “closed generics”, in which Amazon would have been the only…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
  • Aussie government slams .food closed generic bid

    … The Australian government is among those asking ICANN deny a request to make .food a “closed generic” gTLD. Eight people have filed comments opposing Lifestyle Domain’s application for Specification 13 status for its .food registry contract, which would allow the company to keep all .food domains for itself, since we reported the news earlier…

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

    … to the public via the registrar channel, offer sunrise periods, and so on. Scripps subsidiary Lifestyle Domains won the .food contention set after an auction with Donuts and Dot Food LLC a couple months ago. It’s one of the applications that was identified by the Governmental Advisory Committee as a “closed generic”. Such applications were subsequently…

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  • Viking victor in .cruise gTLD auction

    … their plans after ICANN adopted Governmental Advisory Committee advice against so-called “closed generic” gTLDs. There was controversy in July when CLIA claimed Viking had waited too long to change its proposed registration policies. The group accused Viking of deliberately delaying the contention set. ICANN, however, rejected its argument, saying…

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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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 5 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
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