Archive for October, 2009


Pre-Application For New gTLDs?

Posted October 30th, 2009

It is being reported from ICANN #36 in Seoul that proponents of new gTLDs are pushing for a pre-application process.

Read the full article here

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Got Farsi? ICANN Board Approves non-Latin Character Domain Names

Posted October 30th, 2009

In an effort to internationalize the Internet, the ICANN Board voted to allow non-Latin alphabet characters for Internet domain name addresses. Implementation could happen as early as the middle of 2010. See the New York Times article for more details HERE.

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What Are You Waiting For?

Posted October 28th, 2009

Go to to participate remotely in the ICANN #36 meeting in Seoul.

This is the most heated meeting in years. Domain Name Wire is reporting outrage on the conference floor over rumored delays in the new gTLD timeline and the Tucows CEO called out WIPO publicly. There are still two days of conference left to go. Don’t miss tomorrow’s Public Forum or the DNS Abuse forum.

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So You Want a New gTLD? Version 3 of the DAG Explained.

Posted October 27th, 2009

Earlier this month, ICANN released the third round of the Draft Application Guidebook for new gTLDS (also referred to as the DAG), a work in progress to Sherpa applicants through the treacherous waters of new gTLD applications. ICANN has published two previous versions of the guidebook and used the feedback from those versions to fine-tune the current document.

While this is not the first time the organization has released new gTLDs, it is the first time they are allowing the proposal for and mass implementation of them. As with any large scale process it has been fraught with fits and starts and the organization has had its hands full trouble shooting problems and preparing to push ahead. As ICANN is confident that the new gTLD program will be successful, now is not a bad time to become familiar with the process.

Version 3 of the DAG is now available for public comment. When the public comment period has closed, a final version of the DAG will be prepared and published. ICANN has stated that the application process will open 4 months after the publication of the final version of the DAG.

The guidebook is quite a lot to digest so we have compiled a brief overview of the application process as outlined by version three of the Draft Applicant Guide Book.

Who Can Apply?

ICANN has stated “Any established corporation, organization, or institution in good standing may apply for a new gTLD. Applications from individuals or sole proprietorships will not be considered.”

Version 3 of the DAG states that you cannot apply if you or anyone of consequence working on a new gTLD has gotten into any sort of legal or financial trouble within the last 10 years, has a reputation for registering domains in bad faith, to resell to a trademark owner or created trademark confusion. As always, be aware of who you are working with. Background checks are priceless.


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.GAY or not .GAY?

Posted October 26th, 2009

Two groups (dotGAY and the Dot Gay Alliance) compete for sponsorship of the proposed new gTLD when ICANN rolls out new domain extensions.

For the full story from the New York Times, go HERE.

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ICANN #36 Underway in Seoul, Remote Participation Encouraged.

Posted October 26th, 2009

Follow the events of ICANN, Seoul thanks to real-time conferencing, audio streaming and chatrooms.

Participate here

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Evaluators Selection for the New gTLD Program Continues

Posted October 26th, 2009

From ICANN News Alert

ICANN has received 12 responses to the call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for independent evaluators in the new generic top-level domain name (gTLD) program. The application period for organizations interested in evaluating applications for new gTLDs took place between 13 April and 15 September 2009. The respondents are well-qualified and respected organizations from Australia, Belgium, Iran, Jordan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Craigslist is No Pimp Says Judge

Posted October 23rd, 2009

U.S. District Judge rules that Craigslist is not liable for prostitution ads. See the full story from cnet.

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An Interesting Example of Trademark Protection. AAA Gets

Posted October 22nd, 2009

This week, the American Automobile Association, AAA was awarded in  U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania after losing a previous UDRP arbitration for that name. Click here for the full story.

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ICANN and the Universal Postal Union Conclude Negotiation for .POST

Posted October 20th, 2009

From an ICANN News Alert

ICANN and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) have reached an agreement in principle for the UPU sponsorship of the .POST Top-Level Domain. Final approval of the agreement is subject to ICANN’s public comment process (which will commence after ICANN concludes its meeting in Seoul on 30 October 2009), and consideration by the Board of Directors.

The UPU is responsible for setting the rules for the universal network of international postal mail exchanges. A specialized agency of the United Nations, the UPU was established in 1874 and is one of the world’s oldest intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). Despite ICANN’s relative youth, ICANN and the UPU bear a number of resemblances, including active participation by representatives of geographically diverse governments and constituencies. Both organizations are governed by a bottom-up process: the UPU by its member countries and ICANN by the global Internet community. And both organizations serve billions of people globally.

The agreement concludes the negotiation that enables both organizations to recognize one another’s traditional autonomy, mission, and core values. The agreement represents a significant accomplishment for the UPU, ICANN, and the global Internet community. “This validates the ICANN model for fostering expansion of and innovation in the domain name space,” said ICANN CEO and President, Rod Beckstrom. “The UPU has also helped mark out a path for other IGOs to sponsor their own top-level domains and helps us expand our multi-stakeholder relationships in the IGO field.”

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