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ICANN Temporary Drafting Group Work Session on New gTLD Registry Agreement Issues

ICANN logoICANN will be holding a third consultation on the new gTLD registry agreement issues at 18:30 UTC on 8 September.

On the ICANN Blog, Craig Schwartz writes that “ICANN has consulted with an open drafting consultation group on several issues relating to implementation of the new gTLD program. Earlier this year the “Temporary Drafting Group” group met twice to discuss the Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Process and the process for future amendments to the registry agreement for new gTLDs.

“ICANN will convene a third consultation on 8 September 2010 at 18:30 UTC (timeanddate.com/s/1tre) to review and discuss community comments (forum.icann.org/lists/4gtld-base/) submitted on draft version 4 of the proposed new gTLD registry agreement (icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/draft-agreement-specs-clean-28may10-en.pdf).

“If you would like to participate, please submit your name to tdg-legal@icann.org, and we will provide you with call information when it is available.”

The above information was sourced from the ICANN Blog here.

Geographic and Specialty Names Dominate Proposed gTLDs

Over 100 proposals have been publicly announced for when ICANN begins taking applications for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) according to statistics compiled by Adrenaline TLD, themselves likely applicants for a number of sporting-related gTLDs such as .SKI, .BIKE and .SURF.The proposals are dominated by geographical and specialty strings and these make up 87 of the 104 possibilities and do not include internationalise domain name extensions. There are also duplicates with more than one applicant at this stage for several gTLDs including .GAY, .SPORT and .ECO.According to Adrenaline, there are three proposed applications for brand names, 14 for community groups, 48 geographical TLDs and 39 specialty TLDs.”Domain name extensions are the corner stone of everything that happens on the internet,” said Rob Rozicki, Adrenaline Ltd’s New TLD Evangelist.”All our business, social and cultural experiences online would not have been possible without the domain name system we have today. The internet is now at a pivotal point with the introduction of new TLDs to expand the reach and enrich the internet users experience by being able to relate the extension directly back to the content like never before. Some New TLDs will be hugely successful, some will be failures and some will just hang on but all will be pioneers in the future of the internet.”The list also includes three brand names that have publicly expressed an interest in applying for a gTLD – Canon, Deloitte and UNICEF. However it is expected that many companies are holding their cards close to their chest and will not reveal their intentions until applications for new gTLDs are accepted. While others will be waiting to see what their competitors do and how the introduction of new gTLDs is received.Of the 104 proposed gTLD applications, these include geographical applications for .BERLIN, .BCN, .PARIS, .KÖLN, .MADRID, .AFRICA and .HONGKONG. Proposed specialty applicants include .WEB, .WIKI, .RUGBY, .POKER, .GMBH and .FILM. There are also proposed gTLDs for communities such as .GAY, .KURD, .IRISH, .KURD, .GREEN and .ECO.This article was originally published on the eBrand Services website here. eBrandServices specialise in domain name brand management services.For more on Rob Rozicki’s research into new gTLDs, check out his blog here and in particular his article New TLDs – Its All in the Tea Leaves. http://robrozicki.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/new-tlds—its-all-in-the-tea-leaves/

Casino.com Expresses Interest in gTLD Application

Casino.com, an online gambling site, seems to be interested in applying for its own generic Top Level Domain assuming ICANN approves gTLDs and begins accepting applications.Domain Incite has pointed out that in a news release on gTLDs and .XXX, Casino.com has said “[a]nalysts are wondering if the same thing will happen in the online gambling industry as well.”While noting that the .XXX has supporters and opponents, the news release says:
“The grouping of adult oriented and sites with sexual content under the domain of .xxx may indicate a similar future for online gambling sites such as www.casino.com. The decision was made in hopes that it would help users get better results when searching online.”Casino.com offers traditional card and table games, as well as slots, video poker and progressive bonus jackpot games in a number of European languages and operates out of Gibraltar.

What the ICANN Brussels Meeting Means for New gTLDs: Minds + Machines

The recent ICANN meeting held in Brussels was judged a success by Minds + Machines’ Antony Van Couvering, whose company is likely to be behind applications for several new generic Top Level Domains when ICANN eventually begins taking applications.

Van Couvering writes that the recent meeting “may become known as the meeting where the dust finally began to settle. Long-standing issues were settled, compromises were reached, no-one complained too much about the latest version of the Applicant Guidebook, and the Board stood by its project plan dates, even scheduling a Board retreat to solve remaining issues. Finally, there were no surprise “gotcha!” delays that gTLD applicants have been used to seeing at ICANN meeting. With one possible exception…”

He writes of the proposed September board retreat, .XXX decision, decisions on intellectual property and the Vertical Integration Policy Development Process as all good news.

The only sticking point from Van Couvering’s point of view was MOPO (aka MAPA or Morality and Public Order). This was quite a strange discussion with the Government Advisory Committee saying ICANN’s approach to declaring which new proposed gTLDs were acceptable “was not acceptable and must be changed.”

Van Couvering concludes that “the final shape of the applicant guidebook is becoming clear. With the possible exception of the MOPO issue, solutions to the remaining problems are visible in outline and in many cases in great detail. There are several efforts underway, including the Board retreat and various hurry-up working groups, to get the new gTLD program to the finish line. There’s always a chance that the timing will slip, but I would say not by much — we’re sticking to our timeline: most indications are that ICANN’s next meeting, in early December 2010 in Cartagena, Colombia, will finally produce a starting date for new gTLDs.”

To read this posting by Antony Van Couvering on the Minds + Machines blog in full, see:

.XXX Closer, Chinese IDNs Approved Amid Cybersecurity Concerns and gTLD Delays at Brussels ICANN Meeting

In a week where domain name security, the possibility of blocking certain domain name character strings due to their use in cybercrime and no set date for the taking of applications for new Generic Top Level Domains, there was some good news at the 38th ICANN meeting held in Brussels this week that concluded Friday. ICANN’s board voted to enter negotiations with a view to approving the controversial .XXX Top Level Domain while Chinese internationalised domain names approved for China, Taiwan and Hong Kong in the usual board meeting that concludes each meeting.The .XXX resolution has been previously been rejected by the ICANN board, but after an independent review that was critical of ICANN’s processes, the ICANN board has been reconsidering its stance. And on Friday the board passed a resolution that called for the expedited reconsideration for ICM Registry to run .XXX as a sponsored Top Level Domain. The vote was unanimous with the exception of two abstentions.However it appears the decision did not make the board happy, with Kieren McCarthy noting the board approved .XXX “almost unanimously (two abstentions) but rather grumpily, however, with several members saying they were ‘uncomfortable’ with the decision and appearing the blame the ‘process’ for forcing them to make a decision. The approving resolutions also stuck in several approval steps, which more members grumpily pointed to.”The resolution also called for the ICANN board to check ICM Registry is suitably qualified to operate such a registry and for “ICANN staff to proceed into draft contract negotiations with ICM, taking into account the GAC advice received to date”. The Board has approved a detailed set of next steps for the application, including expedited due diligence, negotiations on a draft registry agreement, and consultation with ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee.”The board reached a carefully considered decision, paying close attention to the findings of the Independent Review Panel, and to the extensive public comment on our proposed action,” said ICANN Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush.”Today’s decision is a validation of ICANN’s transparency and accountability,” said Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer.The .XXX TLD is viewed as a potential community site for the adult entertainment industry. The application has been controversial for several reasons with governments, adult and Christian groups all voicing criticism.Chairman Stuart Lawley said of the decision: “It’s been a long time coming, but I’m excited about the fact that .xxx will soon become a reality. This is great news.”ICM Registry said in a statement that their expectations are “that this step will proceed smoothly and will not impede the roll-out of .XXX and we expect to go live with .XXX domains at the start of 2011, if not sooner. We have 110,000 pre-reservations and expect that number to increase now that ICANN has formally approved our application.”The approval of Chinese internationalised domain names (IDNs) for China, Taiwan and Hong Kong was a welcome addition to those already approved and is likely to see more Chinese-language internet users online, and easier access for those already online.”This approval is a significant change for Chinese language users worldwide,” said Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN. “One fifth of the world speaks Chinese and that means we just increased the potential online accessibility for roughly a billion people.”The new IDN country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) and the associated organizations approved by the Board are:

  • CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center)
  • HKIRC (Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited)
  • TWNIC (Taiwan Network Information Center).

Meanwhile the new generic Top Level Domain process continues to move forward at a glacial rate, continually thwarted by trademark holder groups who seem never to be happy. While ICANN have not given dates as to when they expect to take applications for new gTLDs such as .BERLIN and .CANON, it is expected there will be a board retreat around September to finalise the application process.And there were also controversial and disappointing concerns expressed by the Governmental Advisory Committee about censoring domain names that could or are used in cybercrime.The next ICANN meeting will take place in Cartagena, Colombia, 5-10 December 2010.For Kieren McCarthy’s excellent coverage of the ICANN meeting, see:

Issues and Benefits for New gTLDs in The Financial Times

New generic Top Level Domains have gained the attention of The Financial Times that looks at .ECO and how those who originally had the idea saw their business disappear from under their eyes. And also looks at Canon who are one of the very few multinational companies to announce they will apply for their own gTLD.

The .ECO brainchild of Trevor Bowden and Jacob Malthouse, two young Canadian entrepreneurs, were at the ICANN meeting in Mexico when they first heard of another .ECO initiative. But their competition had the backing of Al Gore, former US vice-president and environmental campaigner.

However after initially seeing their dream pass before their eyes, they “looked at their model and saw there was some space for our approach. A lot of people had said to us they liked our process and openness.”

The article also looks at brands applying for gTLDs and focuses on Canon’s announcement to apply for .CANON and the benefits to companies in doing so.

“The top-level .canon domain would serve as a constant indication that the information being presented is from the genuine Canon brand,” says the company. It says that not only would this simplify its web approach but would also enable it to maximise the multimedia marketing potential of the brand.

The report also quotes Nick Wood who recently launched Valideus, a London-based consultancy, to help brand owners through the Icann application process. Wood told the FT that a company owning their own domain could, for example, help brand owners prevent cybersquatters using their name for bogus websites and could be used as a marketing tool.

The FT also notes it could also give companies the freedom to choose the jurisdiction under which their web activities fall. Citing the case of in 2008 where a Kentucky court ordered the forfeiture of 141 gambling websites that it said were in violation of state laws, a case brought by the state of Kentucky and that is still unresolved.

“If your business is based on .com, which is run by a US company, it can’t hold off forever against US court orders. For gambling, drinks or tobacco companies, running your own registry from the jurisdiction of your choosing might be a pretty good idea,” Wood also told the FT.

To read this report in The Financial Times in full, see:

Bahrain Looks For Ideas for IDN Application

[news release] The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain (TRA) this week published the Arab League’s Request for Information on the Management of the Internet Generic Top-Level Domain “.arab” and “عرب.”.

TRA’s ICT Director Mr. Ahmed Aldoseri said “Under the leadership of TRA Bahrain, the Arab League is currently gathering information for the purpose of finalizing its plan to apply for the “.arab” and ” .” top-level domains and establish the registries pertaining to Generic Top-Level Domain.”

Mr. Aldoseri went on to say that “.arab” and “عرب.” will encourage Internet use for those who cannot deal with Latin script and will encourage and increase the Arabic content on the Internet.”

The purpose of this Request for Information is to gather ideas and validate proposed concepts to establish and run the domains in the most efficient manner possible. The League of Arab States has decided to involve individuals, companies, organizations or government bodies and other interested parties to participate in enriching existing ideas and approaches that help in establishing the high-level organizational, structural, management, marketing, technical and financial functions of the intended registry for the “.arab” and “عرب.”.

The New “.arab” and “عرب.” domain name program will create opportunities for consumers, businesses, organizations and governments within the Member States of the Arab League and beyond to underline their identity using their own language and script.

Work conducted for the Arabic domain names is spearheaded by the Arab League Steering Committee for Arabic top-Level Domain Names, which is currently presided by Mr. Aldoseri. Other member countries of the Steering Committee are Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, and

The Request for Information document can be found on TRA’s website at www.tra.org.bh.

Interested parties can submit their responses to this document directly to the General Secretariat of the Arab League by 4 pm on Thursday 17 June 2010.

About TRA
Since its establishment in 2002 the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain (TRA) has been working with government, consumers, operators and investors to develop the Kingdom of Bahrain into the region’s most modern communications hub and to facilitate the growth of the market. As an exemplary Regulator for the region, TRA independently carries out its duties in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner. More information about TRA can be viewed at www.tra.org.bh

This news release, along with more information and future updates, is available from www.tra.org.bh/en/newsroom.asp.

.SPORT Requests ICANN Banish Individual Sport gTLDs

In a curious letter to ICANN dated 13 May 2010, the .SPORT Policy Advisory Council has requested that ICANN block any applications for any sport-related generic Top Level Domains once they begin taking applications.In an earlier letter to ICANN dated 20 August 2009 on the same issue, .SPORT say they are “emphatically oppose any diminution of .SPORT and will take all steps necessary to ensure that the top-level domain for our sector is properly protected. We are concerned that ICANN may be prematurely entertaining a process that will allow proliferation of names in sub-categories or individual sports, which will lead to confusion in the marketplace of users. We cannot accept ICANN approving any applications for top-level domains that could diminish the solidarity implied with .SPORT.”.SPORT appears to want to monopolise any sports-related gTLD, in an attempt to maximise their income and minimising their competition.To see the letters from .SPORT to ICANN, go to:

ICANN GNSO: Webinar Surveys Whois Requirements, Past and Future

ICANN logoWhat has the GNSO previously recommended that Whois should be able to do, and what other standards or capabilities will Whois need in the coming world of IDNs and new gTLDs?

In May last year, the GNSO Council tasked Policy Staff (with the assistance of technical staff and Council members as required) to collect and organize a comprehensive set of requirements for the Whois service. GNSO Council asked that these requirements reflect known deficiencies in the current Whois service and also possible requirements that may be needed to support various policy initiatives that have been suggested.

The Staff has complied with the Council’s task, compiled an initial report, and now seeks consultative input from the ALAC, ccNSO, GAC and SSAC. One of the report’s lead authors, Steve Sheng, ICANN Senior Technical Analyst, is offering a webinar to brief the community on the report and to respond to questions. The paper, entitled “Inventory of Whois Requirements – Initial Report,” is available now from the ICANN site [PDF, 668 KB].

Who should attend? Any community member interested in Whois policy work is welcome. Members of the ALAC, ccNSO, GAC, GNSO and SSAC are especially encouraged to participate.

Date and Time: To accommodate the community’s diverse schedules, the hour-long webinar is offered twice:

  • Tuesday, 20 April 2010. 17:00 UTC
    (10:00 Marina del Rey, 13:00 Washington D.C, 19:00 Brussels)
  • Tuesday, 4 May 2010, 06:00 UTC
    (09:00 Riyadh, 11:00 Islamabad, 15:00 Seoul, 16:00 Sydney)

Prepared content will be identical at both sessions. (Live audience questions may vary.) The webinar is offered in English.

How to Register. To participate in the live event, specify which session you’d like to attend in an email to the GNSO Secretariat. Participation details will be emailed back to you.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:

ICANN Consultation on New gTLD Agreement Amendment Process and Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Process

ICANN logoICANN invites community participation in an open consultation on the Process for New gTLD Registry Agreement Amendments and the Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Process. This consultation was organized in response to a request from the Registry Stakeholder Group to discuss concerns they have raised in their stakeholder meetings and public comments fora on new gTLDs. This meeting is open to all interested participants and observers.

The consultation will be held on Tuesday, 13 April from 16:00 to 19:30 UTC (timeanddate.com/s/1pcg). A conference call bridge and Adobe Connect access will be available for this discussion and an MP3 will be posted on the new gTLD program web page after the consultation. ICANN will facilitate this discussion from Marina del Rey, CA (limited space will be available to accommodate in-person participation).


16:00 – 17:45 Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Process
17:45 – 19:30 New gTLD Agreement Amendment Process

The reference materials for the consultation include the Process for New gTLD Registry Agreement Amendments viewable at icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/registry-agreement-amendment-process-15feb10-en.pdf [PDF, 127 KB] and the Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure viewable at icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/draft-trademark-pddrp-clean-15feb10-en.pdf [PDF, 94 KB].

If you are interested in participating, please confirm at registry-liaison@icann.org by 9 April 2010. Dial-in details will be made available upon confirmation and requests for in-person participation will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from: