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  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 21 readers -
  • Centuries-old companies both fail community gTLD test

    … to muster up the required 14/16 points to be considered a “Community” under ICANN CPE standards. The German firm scored 11 points, the American 9. The main failing in both evaluations, which were conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, was the existence of the other. Both applicants defined their communities as their own companies and lost…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 14 readers -
  • Radiohead backs .music community bid

    … Ed O’Brien, guitarist with the band Radiohead, has become the latest musician to throw his support behind DotMusic’s community-based application for the new gTLD .music. In a letter to ICANN today (pdf), O’Brien said that if DotMusic loses its ongoing Community Priority Evaluation, it will “be setting back the world’s chances of a Fair Trade…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 7 readers -
  • .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- 3 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 -
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