Rights and Content Issues May Complicate Internet Domain Name Expansion

Rights and Content Issues May Complicate Internet Domain Name Expansion
This article says “[f]uture TLD applicants will have to take many different rights into consideration, according to draft final recommendations” that were “discussed during the meeting by ICANN’s GNSO.” Further, they “have to document support from special communities affected by the applied-for TLD. They also must ‘not infringe on the legal right of others,’ not be ‘confusingly similar to existing top-level domains,’ not be ‘reserved names’ and not be ‘contrary to generally accepted legal norms relating to morality and public order.’ Questions arose in Lisbon as to whether anything could still be opened up as a new TLD given the sum of these restrictions.” Milton Mueller asks “Is it possible for anybody to create a controversial proposal and get it approved under this process?” He gives the example of an .abortion TLD that “might not be well received by the Catholic Church.” The article also looks at the role of governments and Geopolitical Names and Upcoming IDNs.
http://ip-watch.org/weblog/index.php?p=575&res=1024_ff

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