Closed Generics

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

      The new gTLD .food went live in the DNS on Friday, but nobody except the registry will be able to register domains there. In what I would argue is one of the new gTLD program’s biggest failures, .food will be a dot-brand, closed to all except the “brand” owner. The registry is Lifestyle Domain Holdings, a subsidiary of US media company Scripps Networks.

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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

    … 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…

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  • 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…

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  • ICANN bans closed generic gTLDs, for now

    … ICANN has slapped a de facto ban on so-called “closed generic” gTLDs, at least for the remaining 2012 round applicants. The ICANN board’s New gTLD Program Committee passed a resolution Sunday that un-freezes the remaining new gTLD applications that envisage a namespace wholly controlled by the applicant. The affected strings are .hotels, .dvr…

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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

    …” scheduled for July, following the $600,000 sale of .信息 last week. The next batch of ICANN auctions is now not due to happen until August, unless of course ICANN rejigs its schedule in light of the .coupon settlement. It’s not clear why Amazon has suddenly decided it prefers the idea of a private commercial settlement after all, but it appears…

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