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…

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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

    … 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

    … Amazon has won the new gTLD .coupon, after Minds + Machines withdrew its application this week. I understand that the two-way contention set was settled privately via a third party intermediary, possibly via some kind of auction, with M+M ultimately being paid off to withdraw its bid. .coupon was the only ICANN-managed “auction of last resort…

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