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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.
… 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…
… Scripps Networks, the company that runs the Food Network television network, wants to make .food a dot-brand gTLD that only it can use. The company has applied to ICANN to have Specification 13 exemptions incorporated into its Registry Agreement. Spec 13 is an add-on to the RA that dot-brands use to exempt themselves from having to sell…
… The future of the .food gTLD is up in the air after single-registrant applicant Lifestyle Domain Holdings won its contention set. The applicant, a subsidiary of Scripps Networks, is the sole remaining .food applicant after withdrawals from Donuts and Dot Food LLC. It’s also a recalcitrant “closed generic” applicant, which continues to insist…