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ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has clashed with its board of directors over the lack of protections for two-letter domain names that match country codes. The board has now formally been urged to reconsider its policy to allow registries to sell these names, after angry comments and threats from some GAC members.
… release. My sense is that some kind of amendment to Registry Agreements might be required, so we’re probably looking at months before we start seeing two-letter domains being released. Tweet Tagged: cctlds, gac, hyderabad, ICANN, icann 57, new gTLDs, two-character, two-letter …
… 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 …
… between “engagement” and “interference”. The letter highlights two specific pieces of GAC input that the signatories seem to believe constitute interference. First, the GAC’s objection to Amazon’s application for .amazon. The letter says this objection came “without legal basis” and that ICANN “succumbed to political pressure” when it rejected…