• Tata ponders “buy a school” strategy to release .tata from limbo

    … Tata Group is reportedly considering buying a school for the Moroccan province of Tata in order to unlock the .tata gTLD. The huge Indian conglomerate has been prevented from acquiring its own dot-brand because it matches the name of the tiny region, which is as protected geographic string under ICANN rules. Without the express permission…

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  • Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

    … of the relevant government. Tata was the last applicant to pass its ICANN evaluation, when in July 2014 it finally managed to pass its Geographic Names Review on the basis of a letter from a Moroccan official. However, in September last year the Moroccan’s government’s digital economy minister denied that the letter indicated support for .tata…

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  • Back in evaluation! Tata dot-brand bid falls foul of Morocco

    … such a letter, when last July .tata became the final new gTLD application to pass through evaluation. However, senior officials at Morocco’s industry of trade started kicking up a fuss last September, denying any such non-objection had been given. In exchanges of letters with ICANN over the last few weeks, Morocco has elaborated. It now claims…

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  • “Frustrated” Morocco denies it supported .tata gTLD

    … The Moroccan government claims that it did not give its support to the .tata dot-brand gTLD, which was granted to Tata Group, the massive Indian conglomerate, in July. According to Boubker Seddik Badr, director of digital economy at Morocco’s ministry of trade, .tata “did not receive any endorsement from any Moroccan authority”. In a September…

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  • That’s all folks! Final gTLD app gets approved

    … ICANN has finally finished evaluation all 1,930 new gTLD applications from the 2012 round. Indian conglomerate Tata Group’s dot-brand .tata passed Extended Evaluation (pdf) on Friday, having apparently secured the non-objection of Morocco, which has a province of the same name. Calculated from Reveal Day — June 13, 2012 — it’s taken a little…

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