Friday, August 31, 2012

The .museum Top-Level Domain's potential

I support the .museum Top-Level Domain and prepared a presentation I would like to share. The article which introduces the presentation was posted on Circle ID.

Please read the article on CircleId.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Links to official documents (Specification 5)

Many of us have read Specification 5 of the Applicant Guidebook (4 June 2012) regarding reserved names at the second level in gTLD registries. Basically: which domain names should be reserved, and not allowed to be registered.

After searching in the Applicant Guidebook annexes and the entire new gTLD web site, I remember finding the documents on the United Nations' web site...after 20+ minutes searching. The two documents I am refering to*:
  1. The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical Names, Part III Names of Countries of the World;
  2. The list of United Nations member states in 6 official United Nations languages prepared by the Working Group on Country Names of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names.
I visited the web site yesterday to check the documents again and I found a draft dated 2006. I didn't want to spend 20 more minutes trying to locate the documents again so I sent an email and received a very fast and kind answer which I want to share with you:

The first document you list is only available for purchase and is not current.  If you want to purchase it, here’s the link:

The second set of information is available in the following document, which is current as of May 2012:

Even if most back-end registry providers will take care of these lists for their clients applicants, I suggest to double check if they have the latest documents.

* These are just 2 of the documents concerning reserved names. For the rest of them, I suggest to read Specification 5 again (page 46 of the Registry agreement in the Applicant Guidebook).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

View a new gTLD Objection

Soon, the first objections can be viewed. According to the objection ground, it will be required to go to   individual Dispute Resolutions Service Provider's web sites; Here are the links:
  1. String Confusion: The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR);
  2. Legal Rights: World Intellectual Property Organization = Cases Filed;
  3. Limited Public Interest: The International Center of Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce = Cases Filed;
  4. Community: The International Center of Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce =  Cases Filed
A report will be provided once the first String Confusion Objection is filed with the ICDR. As of today none have been filed, but my little finger tells me this will change.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Looking for the latest info about new gTLDs?

There is a funny thing about the "new generic Top-Level Domains" group I moderate on LinkedIn: I never really had to do any promotion. I was just the first one to think about opening such a group. Then, progressively, people came to subscribe naturally. There will soon be 900 members.

I am pretty much familiar with new gTLDs (I created one entire project - you possibly heard about the dotVinum project for wine domain names - and I provide(d) consultancy services for many companies) but I must admit I don't write so much about new gTLDs. When I do, it is on my blog but then, I like to share it with my LinkedIn group. I also like to comment when someone posts.

Of course I could use 10 more lines here to write about my holidays with my kids and how much I like wine but I am no sure it is what you want to read here :-)

What matters reading this post is that...when you post the link of something you wrote on another web site, here is what happens:

  1. Your link to your article is sent with its Title to all of the 874 subscribers of the group;
  2. You offer the group a possibility to comment, ask or answer a question;
  3. You offer another approach to understanding the ICANN new gTLD program;
  4. If you did not write an article on another web site, you can still post a new conversation.
To post your new gTLD articles, please join the New generic Top-Level Domains on LinkedIn.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Will BRAND work without the "." in front of it?

A frequently asked question is: If I register "dot BRAND", will I be able to use the label “BRAND” alone in a URL or an email address? What will happen if I do?

The SSAC is the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee which advises the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems.

Far too technical for me, I did not read the report entirely and was interested to know if:
  1. It was possible;
  2. Will dotless domains allowed to be used.
SSAC recommendation:

Dotless domains will not be universally reachable and the SSAC recommends strongly against their use. As a result, the SSAC also recommends that the use of DNS resource records such as A, AAAA, and MX in the apex of a Top-Level Domain (TLD) be contractually prohibited where appropriate and strongly discouraged in all cases.

You can download the PDF here to read the entire report.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wine TLDs press review (.wine and .vin)

Wine new generic Top-Level Domains are mentionned in the online International press:
  • In China; in the ChinaDaily: OIV拟定.WINE和.VIN两个顶级域名;
  • In France, in Les Marchés (l'agroalimentaire au quotidien): Internet : le «.vin» mal vu par l’OIV;
  • In China, in OIV关注.WINE和.VIN顶级域名使用;
  • In China, in .wine和.vin域名引起争议;
  • In England, in the drinks business: SAUDI ARABIA AND OIV OBJECT TO .WINE DOMAIN.
It took years for the wine industry to "notice" wine domain names are being created to give wine more vissibility on Internet. Now these domain names are being created - and will probably see the day - what matters now is that...they see the day the proper way.

More information about wine domain names can be found at

Monday, August 20, 2012

Many new gTLD projects are French strings

This article is about French strings.

You kow, French are these guys who invented Internet, French fries, and who, apparently, advised fast foods to serve Hamburgers with bread and cheese ;-)
Some of the new gTLD applications published by ICANN are French strings. Most of them are words commonly used by French speaking persons. Most of them have a strong potential which could represent a serious interest.

Read the article, in French, on Le Journal Du Net

A special Thank to OTHERWINE

Saturday, August 18, 2012

New gTLD apps: statement of the problem

ICANN just published an update on the roadmap for processing new gTLD applications.

A few things I note:

  • There are 2 phases: two phases: Evaluation followed by Pre-delegation steps, then Delegation;
  • The evaluation of all the new gTLD applications in a "single batch" can be completed in 11-12 months, possibly less;
  • Proposed solutions for Metering are being considered in coordination with the ICANN community;
  • Development of a metering solution (tentative) (December 19, 2012 – January 18, 2013): Solution implementation;
  • October – November 2012: GAC early warnings anticipated;
  • June 2013: Publication of Initial Evaluation results;
  • August 2013: First delegation request;
  • HOW I LOVE TO READ THIS: The current Evaluation phase is estimated at eleven months. This has been significantly accelerated from previously posted timelines. Additional acceleration is being sought and will be reported if and when new timelines are agreed.
Read the announcement here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Trademark Clearinghouse explained

The Trademark Clearinghouse explained by two service providers:

  1. gTLD STRATEGY, a FairWinds blog;
  2. IP Rota, Briefing Note on ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse.
Probably many, many more to come in the coming months :-)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Public Comments: the new end date is now 26 September 2012

ICANN considers your requests:

"The Applicant Guidebook states that the public comment period could be extended based on the number of applications received. Leading up to the original 60-day deadline, ICANN received input from the community that this window should be extended to provide for the additional time needed to analyze and provide thoughtful comment on the significantly larger than 500 applications originally anticipated".

Read the official announcement here.

To submit a public comment, click here.
To lear IN FRENCH how to submit a public comment.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New gTLD Program Update: start of Initial Evaluation

The PDF presentation of the Webinar can be downloaded here.

Agenda included:

  • Status (dates):
  • Communications;
  • Evaluations Underway;
  • Initial Evaluation;
  • Early Observations & Clarification Questions;
  • Metering / Batching (dates);
  • Key Dates (dates).

More on the ICANN web site.

Video about .post new gTLD recently launched

More Wine new gTLDs Public Comments (23)

Many public comments for both ".wine" and ".vin" domain name extensions were published these last days, subjects of public comments were:
  • Rights Protection Mechanisms;
  • Avoiding bad faith registrations;
  • Objection statement;
  • Geographical indication in wine sector;
  • عدم السماح بتسجيل هذا الاسم.
Some comments are the same "copy-paste" for different applicants.

Panels and objections grounds are:
  • Registry Services Evaluation Panel;
  • String Similarity Evaluation Panel;
  • String Confusion Objection Ground;
  • Geographic Names Evaluation Panel;
  • Community Evaluation Panel.
Affiliations of entities publishing these comments are:
  • Prudential Financial, Inc.;
  • TIFFANY & CO.;
  • AIM - European Brands Association;
  • H.J. Heinz;
  • Public TLD;
  • International Organisation of Vine and Wine;
  • Self;
  • Sunkist Growers, Inc.
Most of these comments are not made to protect the wine universe and most are general: I mean they could have been submitted for any string.

One is interesting, it tries to defend an existing .WINE string in an Alternative DNS root. Unfortunately, an interesting comment addressed to the "Community Evaluation Panel" is in a language I cannot read but should probably be taken into account by panelists*.

The one addressed to the "Geographic Names Evaluation Panel" and which is entitled "Geographical indication in wine sector" is written by The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). This organization, based in Paris, is also an intergovernmental organisation ( directly affiliated to a strong wine community worldwide: it represents 44 Member states (Australia, France, South Africa...) and has many observers.
It is possible panelists consider this comment.

To read .wine public comments, you should go to here, "search by string" and enter "wine", then click on "Go": the list will appear.

* I finally translated it with Google Translate and for what I read, all I can add is "no comment".

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Correspondences with ICANN and notices of breach

ICANN is an organization which deals with issues through correspondences. For a better transparency, these are made public.

The ICANN correspondence page lists all letters sent to the organization. Senders give a name, a title and an affiliation. Such affiliation can be the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), one of its sub organizations or any other: a new gTLD project or an organization affiliated to it. Below is the list of affiliations for the month of July 2012:
  • The Association of National Advertisers (ANA);
  • ICANN Board;
  • The DotGreen Community, Inc.;
  • Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID);
  • United Nations;
  • SSAC (Security and Stability Advisory Committee).
Then, the type of issue is mentioned. Most of the time it is a "notice of breach". Here is a list for the month of July:
  • Notice of Breach;
  • Extension of the Application Public Comment Window for New gTLDs;
  • Processing of Applications for New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs);
  • The New gTLD Program and the Public Interest;
  • Support of the SSAC Letter to ICANN Board;
  • IGO Domain Names;
  • New Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Process.
You can write to ICANN for any issue transmitting your document via electronic mail (email), facsimile (fax) and postal mail.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Trying to submit a comment on new TLD applications

.BRAND new gTLD Reports are updated once a month: CLICK HERE !