Dotgay

  • Spurned applicant crowd-funding to fight ICANN for .gay gTLD

    … The community-driven applicant for .gay is attempting to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars via crowd-funding to challenge a series of adverse decisions that look set to lock it out of running the gTLD. Alongside the fundraising, dotgay LLC has launched an extraordinary broadside at its frustrators, accusing ICANN of “discrimination…

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  • Ombudsman trashes ICANN’s rejection of .gay “community”

    … of 16 points required to pass the CPE. Winning a CPE generally means you get the gTLD in question. Losing means you have to go to auction against competing applicants. In the case of .gay, the other applicants are Top Level Design, Minds + Machines and Rightside. Dotgay failed both times because its stated community — which includes straight people…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 19 readers -
  • dotgay loses third .gay appeal

    … Death warrant or portent of impending legal action? dotgay LLC has lost its third attempt to get ICANN to reconsider tossing its application for community priority status in the fight for the .gay gTLD. According to ICANN, on Sunday its Board Governance Committee threw out dotgay’s third Request for Reconsideration, an attempt to give…

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  • dotgay has a third crack at .gay appeal

    … is in possession of emails from an EIU employee who was responsible for verifying some of the dozens of support letters it had received from dotgay’s backers (generally equal rights campaign groups). The company argues, citing the BGC’s own words, that this employee was not one of the official CPE “evaluators”, which means the EIU broke its own rules…

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  • “We’re not homophobic!” ICANN pleads as it throws out .gay appeal

    … ICANN has refused dotgay LLC’s latest appeal against adverse .gay decisions, and has taken the unusual step of preemptively defending itself against probably inevitable accusations from gay right groups. On Monday, the Board Governance Committee threw out dotgay’s Request for Reconsideration, in which the company had asked for a third crack…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 20 readers -
  • UN group supports community .gay bid

    … An organization representing staff members of the United Nations has come out in support of dotgay LLC’s struggling community application for the .gay gTLD. UN-GLOBE comprises UN employees who identify as “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and inter-sex”. Its primary goals are pushing for equal rights for these groups within the UN system…

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  • .gay applicant appeals community loss, again

    … dotgay LLC has appealed its Community Priority Evaluation defeat again, filing a new Request for Reconsideration with ICANN this week. It’s an unprecedented second use of the RfR process to appeal its CPE loss, in which the Economist Intelligence Unit panel decided the applicant’s definition of “gay” was far too broad to award dotgay enough…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 4 readers -
  • .gay flunks community review for second time

    … dotgay LLC has failed in its bid to eliminate its competitors for the new gTLD .gay for the second time. After an unprecedented re-run of its Community Priority Evaluation, the applicant scored just 10 out of the 16 available points. That’s exactly the same as it scored the first time around, still four points short of success. For the second…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 5 readers -
  • .gay is gay enough after all? ICANN overturns community panel decision

    … One of the applicants for .gay has won a significant battle in the fight for the controversial new gTLD. In a shock move, a committee of ICANN’s board of directors has overturned the rejection of dotgay LLC’s Community Priority Evaluation, ordering that the case should be re-examined by a new panel of experts. As you may recall, dotgay’s CPE…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
  • Why kicking out the .gay “community” was right

    … community. I think the criticisms are misplaced. The Economist Intelligence Unit, which conducts the CPEs for ICANN, got it right in this case, in my view. Dotgay scored 10 points out of 16 on the CPE. It needed 14 to pass. A pass would have given it exclusive rights to .gay, forcing the three other applicants to withdraw. It could have scored…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 5 readers -
  • Gay community not gay enough to win new gTLD

    … An applicant for .gay has lost its chance to get exclusive rights to the new gTLD, partly because the self-defined gay community it wants to represent is not “gay” enough. Dotgay LLC is one of four applicants, and the only “Community” applicant under ICANN rules, for .gay. But the company yesterday failed in its attempt to pass a Community…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
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