• Government anger over two-letter domains

    … members have the right over two-character domain names.” While no government spoke in favor of the ICANN policy on Wednesday, the complaining governments do appear to be in a minority of the GAC. Despite this, they seem to have been effective in swaying fellow committee members to issue some stern new advice. The Copenhagen communique, published…

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  • Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains

    … added. In other words, registries won’t have to give any special privileges to governments when they start selling two-character names. They will, however, have to get registrants to agree that they won’t pass themselves off as having affiliations with the relevant government. It looks like registries probably could get away with simply adding…

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  • One and two-letter .at domains coming soon

    … of trademarks valid in Austria before July 1 get the first crack at the names, during a August 29 to September 23 sunrise period. During this phase, domains will cost €240 ($265) with a €120 ($132) application fee. Contested sunrise names will be auctioned in October. Everything not grabbed by trademark interests will be put to a public auction from…

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  • Buy it or lose it? Governments could get first dibs on two-letter domains

    … Period would be limited to those companies or government entities in charge of matching ccTLDs. The measures are outlined in “Proposed Measures for Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes” (pdf), published by ICANN late last week. The surprisingly succinct document outlines three things new…

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