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Verisign Rolls Out Korean .COM and .NET and Japanese .COM New gTLDs

Verisign logoVerisign have announced the launch of the phased rollout of the Korean language versions of .com and .net as well as the opening of the landrush period of the Japanese language version of .com.

For the Korean language new gTLDs, the Sunrise launch of the phased rollout of .닷컴 and .닷넷, the localised versions of the .com and .net top level domains (TLDs) respectively in Hangul script for the Korean market opened on 16 May and runs until 19 June.

And for the Japanese language version of .com, .コム, the first IDN TLD from Verisign, the Landrush period opened for anyone on a first come, first served basis and runs until 12 June. The Landrush Program Period provides businesses and individuals with the opportunity to register .コム domain names before they become generally available to the public on 13 June.

It is estimated that more than 90 percent of the population of Japan has access to the internet. By enabling Japanese internet users to navigate the web in their native scripts gives individuals and companies the ability to connect with audiences in their preferred language and maintain a common brand identity across multiple scripts, much the same as every other IDN new gTLD.

The registration periods at this stage for the .コム top-level domain are as follows:

  • Sunrise Period: Dec. 9, 2015 – March 14, 2016
  • Priority Access Program Period: March 15 – May 15, 2016
  • Landrush Program Period: May 16 – June 12, 2016
  • General Registration Period Start Date: June 13, 2016
  • Trademark Claims Period: June 13 – Sept. 11, 2016.

Back to the Korean IDN gTLDs, the .닷컴 and .닷넷 IDN TLDs will each have distinct registration periods. The Sunrise Period for .닷컴 and .닷넷 will be on a first come, first served basis, and prospective registrants must have a Signed Mark Data (SMD) file from the Trademark Clearinghouse to participate. During the Sunrise Period, these prospective registrants will be able to register each second-level domain name (SLD) in .닷컴 and .닷넷 that is an exact match of each SLD permitted by their SMD file. Both IDN and ASCII SLDs may be registered during the Sunrise Period.

Verisign Korean IDN gTLDs Comparison image

Following the Sunrise Period, there will be a Priority Access Program for .닷컴 and .닷넷 that will last about two months. The Priority Access Program Period for .닷컴 will be an exclusive registration period during which existing registrants of .com domain names will be eligible to register in .닷컴 the identical SLD for which they are the current registrant in .com.

Similarly, during the Priority Access Program Period for .닷넷, existing registrants of .net domain names will be exclusively eligible to register in .닷넷 the identical SLD for which they are the current registrant in .net. Registrations of SLDs in .닷컴 and .닷넷 during the applicable Priority Access Program Period must be registered through the registrar that is the same registrar-of-record of the existing SLD registration in .com or .net, as the case may be, and must be by the same registrant of the existing SLD registration. All registrations during the Priority Access Program Period for .닷컴 and .닷넷 are subject to availability and the applicable registry policies and, as in the case of Sunrise, both IDN and ASCII SLDs may be registered.

The registration periods for .닷컴 and .닷넷 at this stage are:

  • Sunrise Period: May 16 – June 19, 2016
  • Priority Access Program Period: June 20 – Aug. 15, 2016
  • Landrush Program Period: Aug. 16 – Aug. 29, 2016
  • General Registration Period Start Date: Aug. 30, 2016
  • Trademark Claims Period: Aug. 30 – Nov. 28, 2016.

ICANN: The Korean Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules

ICANN participants logoICANN is pleased to announce the formation of the Generation Panel to develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for Korean.

Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, on 21 January 2016 the Korean community submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Korean Generation Panel [PDF, 234 KB]. ICANN staff has reviewed the proposal including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], and in particular the criteria set forth in the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, are fulfilled.

“On behalf of ICANN we are grateful to the Korean community for volunteering to develop the Korean LGR proposal for the Root Zone. We are also grateful to Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) for supporting the effort,” said Sarmad Hussain from the IDN Program at ICANN.

With composition and work plan approved, the Korean Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], the starting point of any Generation Panel’s work is the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR), with its second version (MSR-2) released on 27 April 2015. The full specification of Generation Panel’s tasks can be found in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB] in particular, Section B.3 “Variant Rule Generation Procedure”.

ICANN has provided a central public workspace on the project website where the Korean Generation Panel composition, work plan updates, public reports, contact details, and any other relevant information will be included.

As a reminder, and to highlight the importance of script community involvement required in the development of the IDN Root Zone LGR, we would like to reiterate the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. A successful development of the Root Zone LGR depends on having Generation Panels for each script represented in the Root Zone. In addition to ongoing efforts by the communities for Chinese, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Greek, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Neo-Brahmi and Thai, Generation Panel formation is expected to cover other scripts including Georgian, Hebrew, Myanmar, Sinhala and Tibetan.

For further information on how to form a Generation Panel, please refer to the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules and to the additional supporting documentation provided on the Root Zone LGR Project website. Individual interests may be emailed to idntlds@icann.org.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-01-en

Korea to Establish New Body to Oversee .KR ccTLD

The Korean government is to set up a new body to oversee the management of the .KR country code Top Level Domain, says a report in The Korea Herald.

The body will consist of 20 members with representatives from academia, government-run organisations and industry, including the three internet service providers, with an announcement on the new body due tomorrow (Tuesday).

It is intended the new forum will “address the shortcomings of the existing system for managing internet addresses and other related resources.”

To read the report in The Korea Herald in full, see:
www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/11/09/200911090052.asp

Europe Registry logoTo register your .KR domain name, check out Europe Registry here.