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Today ICANN published the presentations and recordings of the North America Registry Registrar session that took place in Los Angeles 17-18 of May 2012. One Session included a new gTLD Recap by Kurtz Pritz, Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Relations at ICANN.
For those who have been following the latest ICANN news it does not contain anything new but it still provides a good recap and overview of what lies ahead in the current gTLD application round. ...click for more
ICANN's TLD Application System (TAS) has reopened today after being offline for almost 6 weeks. The system will remain open until 30 May 2012 (23:59 UTC).
ICANN has added a "Top Things Users Should Know When TAS Reopens" for applicants on the new gTLD microsite. ICANN also says that it has improved the overall system performance and the HTML preview function. ...click for more
ICANN has selected Alain Pellet as the Independent Objector (IO) for the New gTLD Program. The IO does not act on behalf of any particular persons or entities, but acts solely in the best interests of the public. The IO may only file objections based on two types of objections: Limited Public Interest objections and Community objections. He may consider public comment when making an independent assessment whether an objection is warranted. ...click for more
With the introduction of new gTLDs ICANN has created additional protection mechanisms for rights holders, especially trademark owners. Whereas existing rights protection mechanisms (RPM) such as the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) apply to old and new gTLDs alike, new gTLDs will feature unique RPMs such as the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). Although the Trademark Clearinghouse itself is not a rights protections mechanism per se, it is designed to perform functions that support trademark protection mechanisms during the registration of new gTLD domain names. ...click for more
Today ICANN announced that it is targeting 22 May 2012 to reopen TAS for five business days, closing on 30 May. Although ICANN finally releases a specific date this may still be subject to change as ICANN is only „targeting“ and „intending“ to reopen TAS. ICANN furthermore uncovered a new set of data in their packet-level research that may have an impact on the parties that were affected by the TAS glitch. How this may affect the reopening date is still unclear. ...click for more
In today’s press release ICANN is offering all applicants a full refund for withdrawing a gTLD application. The current Applicant Guidebook provides a refund schedule in Section 1.5.1 starting with 80% or USD $ 148,000. The refund based on yesterday’s board resolution covers the full USD $185,000 including the USD $5,000 TAS application fee which is part of ICANN’s gTLD Evaluation Fee. All applicants still have time to decide. ...click for more
In the last few weeks of the TAS shutdown ICANN hasn’t given away much information on the new gTLD program although finally the number of gTLD has been revealed. The current facts are:
- 2,091 new gTLD applications
- 1,268 applicants
- 214 unpaid applications
- USD $350 million application fees received
- no TAS reopening date (yet)
- no Reveal Day schedule
What are the implications of theses numbers, especially on batching? ...click for more
Today sedo announced that blog.com is for sale. Since we'll very likely see a .blog application it may be a good time to sell the .com domain name. It will be difficult to foresee what the .blog TLD is going to fetch if it goes to auction. It certainly is a very good comparision on the current value of top .com domain names and generic TLDs. For a service like wordpress.com the TLD .blog may be better suited in order to provide shorter domain names (me.blog instead of me.blog.com). Then again maintaining .blog is far more expensive. ...click for more
ICANN is still busy with fixing the TAS disaster and has not yet set a date for reopening it. By May 8, 2012 ICANN will have notified all applicants affected by the technical glitch. If TAS will reopen shortly afterwards is still unknown. Although ICANN is committed to announce the schedule for reopening TAS shortly after the notification process has been completed, this does not necessarily mean that reopening will occur soon. ICANN has refrained from being more specific. According to its recently published FAQ at least two conditions for reopening will have to be fulfilled: ...click for more
Yesterday Versign revealed in a press release that it may provide registry services for up to 220 new gTLDs. Verisign will of course provide registry backend services only if the applied for gTLD is awarded to their particular applicant. Many popular new gTLDs may still go to auction. ...click for more