Two-Character

  • Government anger over two-letter domains

    … that was issued in compliance with previous GAC advice, it seems. The next ICANN meeting is being held in Johannesburg in June, so the clock is ticking. Two-letter domains are valuable properties even in new gTLDs. With each expected to sell for thousands, two-letter names are likely to be a multimillion dollar windfall for even moderately sized portfolio registries. Tweet Tagged: gac, ICANN, icann 58, new gTLDs, reserved, two-character, two-letter …

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  • Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains

    … board of directors reached its decision. The ICANN board yesterday passed a resolution that will unblock all two-letter domains that match country codes appearing on the ISO 3166 list, most of which are also ccTLDs. While the resolution gives some protection to governments worried about abuse of “their” strings, it’s been watered down…

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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

    … either. It does, however, oblige registries to ban registrants from pretending to be affiliated with the relevant government when they are not. Governments also get to complain, and registries have to investigate, if the relevant domains are causing “confusion”, though registries do not appear to be under a strict obligation to delete or suspend domains. The policy is open for public comment until August here. Tweet Tagged: cctlds, gac, ICANN, new gTLDs, two-character, two-letter …

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  • US Congresspeople tell ICANN to ignore GAC “interference”

    … they applied for their gTLDs. However, the GAC’s more recent behavior on the two-letter domain subject has been incoherent and looks much more like meddling. At the ICANN meeting in Los Angeles last October, faced with requests for two-character domains to be released, the GAC issued formal advice saying it was “not in a position to offer consensus…

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  • Anger as governments delay two-letter domains

    … or it.example, may cause confusion with existing ccTLDs. But the GAC itself was unable to find a consensus against the release of two-letter domains when it discussed the issue back in October. It merely asked for comment periods to allow individual governments to object to specific domains. So ICANN’s board asked staff to create an “efficient procedure…

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  • Two-letter domains to be released in new gTLDs

    … Registry Agreement The procedure will have to take into account the advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee issued at the end of last week’s ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles. But that advice merely asks that governments are informed when a registry requests the release of two-character names. All two-character strings were initially reserved…

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  • Governments totally cool with two-letter domains

    … ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee does not plan to advise against the release of two-character domain names in new gTLDs. In fact, judging by a GAC discussion at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles yesterday, the governments of many major nations are totally cool with the idea. Under the standard Registry Agreement for new gTLD registries, all two…

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