gtld – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 gtld – 32 32 gTLD applicants get nasty, file trademarks to deter competitors Wed, 21 Jul 2010 18:29:37 +0000 all rights reservedIn the United States, domain extensions cannot be registered as trademarks. That hasn’t stopped some gTLD applicants in other countries in order to gain an upper hand over competitors, however. One notable example is Constantine Roussos, who has filed some 20 trademarks in hopes of preventing anyone else but him from applying for the .music gTLD:

Rest assured that if we, as .MUSIC are faced with the possibility of being gamed and abused in a manner that we find illegal, we will use our trademarks and other means necessary to do what we have to do to protect ourselves and our respective community.

People like Roussos think are they entitled to own a gTLD simply because they thought of it first. As far as I’m concerned, everyone should have an equal chance to operate any extension. If someone can do a better job of running .music than Roussos, let the guy have it.

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dotBerlin seeks special gTLD status Fri, 16 Jul 2010 20:53:56 +0000 brandenburg gate
DotBerlin GmbH & Co, the brains behind the proposed .berlin gTLD and early embracer of the new gTLD system, is asking ICANN for special preference in the gTLD application process.

Basically, it believes that companies who had their applications ready before ICANN went public with the new gTLD system should be reviewed first. While this request obviously benefits DotBerlin, the company has a point.

When ICANN begins accepting proposals, there will be a mad flurry of applicants. Why not let those who have spent years planning and marketing their proposals go first? ICANN must ensure that gTLD operators have their cards together before making approvals. Someone who rushes off half-cocked to obtain .gibberish may not be ready to operate a domain extension.

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No nation names in TLDs: further amendments to gTLD application guidebook Tue, 08 Jun 2010 13:00:17 +0000 ICANN Brussels meet The actual names of countries will not be permitted as TLDs in more admendments to ICANN’s gTLD application guidebook. Names such as .mexico or .germany will not be allowed, especially given the interest registered in these kinds of domains by some countries.

The move prevents countries investing directly in domain names and comes after many African nations in particular, seemed interested in registering these kinds of TLDs. Background checks on nations wanting to invest in domains will be conducted, and the checks will aim to prevent any registration of domains by parties involved in the following:

– Corruption
– Terrorism
– Organised crime
– Money laundering
– Fraudulent bankruptcy
– Arms trafficking and war crimes
– Intellectual property violations

The same goes for gTLDs with continent names, with even more stringent application procedures. ICANN states:

In the case of an application for a string which represents a continent or UN region, documentation of support will be required from at least 60% of the respective national governments in the region, and there may be no more than one written objection to the application from relevant governments in the region and/or public authorities associated with the continent or the UN region.

Go to the ICANN site for more details on the gTLD application guidebook V4.

New gTLD guidebook from ICANN: more protection for your brand Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:00:39 +0000 gTLD applications

Proposed changes to ICANN‘s Draft Applicant Guidebook for new gTLDs will be discussed at the ICANN meeting in Brussels on June 21st. The fourth version of the guidebook includes changes for brand owners and trademark holders, designed to give greater protection.

ICANN is expecting about 500 applications for new gTLDs (although some could be duplicate applications) and new measures such as a Uniform Rapid Suspension System, a Trademark Clearinghouse and the Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Proposal are being discussed to include the views of trademark holders in new gTLD applications.

Consultancy group Minds+Machines, who assist in new gTLD applications says:

“This means that they’re [ICANN] intending to pass approximately 90% of the applications in other words, ICANN’s intent is not to fail applications by finding trivial faults, but rather to simply make sure that they’re operationally and financially sound.”

You can find more details about the proposed changes to gTLD applications at

Bahrain TLD .arab and “عرب.” planned Tue, 08 Jun 2010 08:00:01 +0000 Bahrain gTLD

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority is looking for information from the Arab League on the possibility of managing the gTLD .arab and “عرب.”. After the Emirates set up its .emarat domain it looks like Bahrain will follow suit and create its own IDN.

The head of the Bahrain TRA, Ahmed Aldoseri has said that the Arad League is gathering information to finalise its plans for the .arab and عرب. domains, and will also establish the registery which will manage them.

According to Aldoseri, the “.arab” and “عرب.” will encourage internet use among those who don’t use latin scipt and can’t access the vast resources on the internet. The next step is to gather various proposals which will help to make the extensions work in the most efficient way possible. With many institutions involved in the project, it shows that in 2010 it’s time for Arab countries and their populations to enjoy the benefits of internet use.

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.XXX a waste of time according to porn industry Mon, 07 Jun 2010 07:00:32 +0000 XXX domains

The .XXX domain mooted for pornographic sites looks like it will never be launched with the list of detractors getting longer. This time it’s New Zealand porn guru Steve Crow who has entered the fray, saying that .XXX gTLDs would be a waste of time. According to Crow, until such time as porn sites are made to adopt .XXX domains, there will be no filters and just a whole lot of confusion.

The main idea behind the .XXX gTLD would be to make porn filters more efficient, but so far it’s been proposed as a voluntary measure; meaning most sites would stay as they are, or would simply move their content onto .XXX domains and not apply filters. A great move of porn material is not exactly what that industry wants, either, but a decision from ICANN is expected some time this month.

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Register a .biz domain Fri, 28 May 2010 07:00:32 +0000 singapore business
Introduced in 2001, .biz is a gTLD geared towards businesses. It is intended to be an alternative to .com, but so far adoption of .biz has been slow. Should you register a .biz domain?

First off, the good thing is anyone can register a .biz domain. The only requirement is that the name be used for “bona fide business or commercial use.” Homeless shelters and soup kitchens will have to look elsewhere, apparently.

Consider registering a .biz name if you are an entrepreneur or business owner and the name you want is already taken on the .com and .net gTLDs. Keep in mind that .com is still king, however, and many Internet users are still unfamiliar with .biz.

.Aero- The domain that never quite took off Thu, 27 May 2010 03:40:35 +0000 airplane taking off
.Aero is a gTLD created in 2002 for the aviation industry. There’s nothing wrong with giving users options, but the problem with .aero is that it came too late.

By the time it was released, the Internet had already gained wide adoption in the aviation community. Who would give up a well-linked .com, particularly a major airline, for the relatively unknown .aero?

Just take a look at the domain’s site directory to see how few use it. Had the gTLD been introduced a decade earlier it probably would be more prominent today.

Other factors have also curbed .aero’s growth. Only airlines and aviation professionals can register the name. In the United States, “aero” is a rarely-used term. People prefer the term “air” instead. Maybe .air would have been a better choice?

Man files trademark for .ego gTLD Thu, 20 May 2010 21:42:10 +0000 alter ego
Florida resident David Ways has a rather interesting idea of how the future of the web will look. Apparently we’re all self-absorbed, because he has filed a trademark application for the .ego gTLD.

In an interview with Domain Name Wire, Ways stated his plans for extension. He sees it as a future hub of sorts where people can link to all their social networking profiles. “Ego encompasses everything about an individual,” he said.

If you think .ego sounds a lot like .name, you’re right. Ways says that .ego is different, however, claiming that his gTLD encompasses the whole identity. As egotistical as I am, I still wouldn’t want a name like “ego” to be associated with me.

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Kurds to apply for gTLD Tue, 27 Apr 2010 16:05:55 +0000 kurd
Although the Kurdish people do not have their own nation, they number 35-million worldwide. It makes sense then that a group of Kurds has plans to apply for a Kurdish gTLD— either .kur or .kurd.

The majority of Kurds live in Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. The push for the gTLD is being led by software developer Aras Noori. More information about the gTLD is available here.

Like any group, Kurds have a right to a gTLD. My guess is one reasoning behind their seeking a gTLD is to make themselves look more legitimate, but it would also help link the broken-up ethnic group, too. The Kurdish people have long sought their own country.

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