Daily Wrap: Including Donuts, Demand Accused Of, But Denies, Unsuitable gTLD Applicants

Donuts, applicants for more gTLDs then any other, along with Demand Media, have been accused of being unsuitable to participate in ICANN’s new gTLD programme, according to Domain Incite reports.

However Donuts have responded refuting the allegations that Demand Media, Donuts’ provider of backend registry services should be banned because of their history in losing cybersquatting cases.

The allegation against Demand Media and Donuts has come from Jeffrey Stoler of Boston law firm McCarter & English who wrote to ICANN’s leadership and the chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee, according to the Domain Incite reports.

When ICANN made their Big Reveal in June, it was revealed Donuts had applied for 307 gTLDs themselves and Demand Media another 26.

Meanwhile there are some busy people submitting comments on gTLD applications with Domain Name Wire noting that a trademark manager at Sunkist Growers Inc had submitted 467 comments on individual applications. The report notes that while the 467 applicants are identical, it appears they have targeted specific applications.

Meanwhile Go Daddy’s chief executive Warren Adelman stepped down this week with his replacement being an executive from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, one of its owners. According to the New York Times, “Go Daddy named Scott Wagner, a senior member of K.K.R.’s Capstone division, as its interim chief while it looks for a permanent new leader. While the company didn’t name a reason for Mr. Adelman’s stepping down, it said that the executive will remain at the company as a special adviser for strategy and global policy.”