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Postponement Of .WEB Auction Sought But Denied Over Questions Of Applicant Ownership

Two of the seven applicants for the .web new generic Top Level Domain have written to ICANN asking for a delay in the gTLD’s auction, scheduled for 27 July, due to concerns over the ownership of one of the applicants.The applicants are Schlund Technologies from Germany and Radix from India who are both questioning the leadership or control of the applicant NU DOT CO.”To do otherwise would be unfair, as we do not have transparency into who leads and controls that applicant as the auction approaches,” writes both Brijesh Joshi, Director, Radix and Thomas Moerz, CEO of Schlund Technologies in separate letters.Meanwhile ICANN’s Christine Willett, Vice President of GDD Operations, has written to all applicants noting that any request for a postponement would have to have been received from all applicants by, in this case, 12 June, as per the Auction Rules.Since there was no application for postponement from all applicants by 12 June no postponement was granted. ICANN also investigated potential changes of control of NU DOT CO and found no basis to the claim of a change of ownership or to postpone the auction.For more information, Domain Incite has also looked at the issue here.