Thursday, September 25, 2014

Neelie KROES answered me (.WINE & .VIN)

A kind answer received today from Neelie Kroes to my questions. I think the last paragraph is interesting. I understand there won't be any initiative from the EU to build its own Internet. You will also enjoy my little note at the end of this post.

Dear Mr Guillon,

Paragraph 1 = CUT

".... Our position remains firm: The two new gTLDs should be put on hold until there are sufficient safeguards to protect EU Geographical indications, either through a satisfactory negotiated solution in the ICANN context or until there is a clear and universal interpretation in international law (e.g.; WIPO and TRIPS) on geographical indications.

In fact, there is little doubt that ICANN is aware of the serious public policy concerns the EU have in relation to this issue. The European Commission has repeatedly pointed out our apprehensions, in letters, in GAC and in direct contacts with ICANN board and staff. The president of the European Parliament has written to ICANN and EU Member States have expressed similar concerns, including direct involvement of the "CUT". There is also support for our point of view among the US wine industry and from several US congressmen.

Following ICANN's own multistakeholder approach to manage the DNS, we have also tried to find a solution which respects the legitimate interests of the European wine sector by supporting direct negotiations between rights holders of Geographical indications and the applicants of .wine and .vin. So far these negotiations have not resulted in any agreement.

We have subsequently engaged with ICANN through the Cooperative Engagement Process, embedded in ICANN's own by laws, hoping that an ICANN lead process would be conducive to a final and mutually satisfactory solution. In parallel, the European and American wine industry have done the same.

The European Commission remains committed to a unfragmented , open, and internet and aims to improve the transparency, accountability and inclusiveness of its governance. It is therefore not our objective to start building an European Internet but to maintain and strengthen the rule of law on a single network or networks.

Sincerely yours

Note about this answer:

In April the 3rd, Project dotVinum (for Wine Registries) wrote ICANN a letter entitled "Hints and Solution for the Protection of Wine Geographical Indications in the ICANN New gTLD Program" to witch we never received any answer neither from "someone in charge of the question" nor the ICANN Board.

With this answer, I notice that stakeholders may have better chances to be heard by the European Commission rather than the ICANN. Do you follow me here.   :-)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Round 2 of the ICANN new gTLD program

Estimated Timelines of the ICANN new gTLD program' second Round.

A few things to note:

  1. .WINE and .VIN application issues are not solved yet and the second Round cannot start if nothing has happened (expect something to happen in Los Angleles when ICANN meets with  -  I hate to write it - the GAC);
  2. We appreciate ICANN's precision in the title: they are "estimated Timelines";
  3. It is ICANN so do not expect any of these timelines to be respected.

Download the complete Draft Work Plan here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

So you want to apply for a new gTLD?

New domain names are now on the market and you start to realize that you may have missed the train by not submitting your own new gTLD application. So why not get your part of the cake and consider applying for your own new Top-Level Domain in the second Round of the ICANN new gTLD program? Why not become a “Registry” and sell domain names…to the world?

Read my article on

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What is the RDS and what are RDS contacts?

RDS stands for "Registration Directory Service"

More videos here:

  1. How might the Next Generation RDS benefit individual registrants?
    Click here;
  2. How would the RDS address WhoWas, Reverse Whois, and other advanced query needs?
    Clicke here;
  3. What is the RDS minimum public data set?
    Click here;
  4. How would the Next Generation RDS impact Registrars and Registries?
    Click here;
  5. What makes the Next Generation RDS fundamentally different?
    Click here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Can't register that .CLUB domain name? Read this then.

Anyone facing the registration of a domain name wants a good domain name, in the case of a club, you don’t want a .COM, you want to name your Club with a .CLUB. If does not seem available but might be, how to investigate further and where to go to ensure whether the domain name is free to register ?

Read my complete article on LinkedIn.

2nd Round gTLDs: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

This is an article from Alex Tajirian, DomainMart

The essay outlines the advantages (good) and threats (bad) that can make or break a gTLD, and the eternal fact that some applications will doom themselves to failure (ugly):
  1. The Good;
  2. The Bad;
  3. The Ugly.
Read Alex's article on

ICANN’s multiple delays: a bit of a problem!

The problem

One of the applicant sent a letter to ICANN informing that 6 months had elapsed and, according to the ICANN FAQs on this procedure, it should have taken less than four months.

ICANN wrote back but the answer is shocking. A paragraph of the letter states: “While the evaluation panel is aware of these timelines, given the impact of a CPE result on all members of the contention set, final reports will not be rushed simply to meet the timeline.”

Read my article on

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Free .WEBCAM domain names

AlpNames offers free .WEBCAM domain names for one year with this coupon: NEWSGTLDS100
The offer is valid until December 2014.

To register a .WEBCAM domain name, use

Note to my readers: this is a limited offer so as long as it works.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Positioning Your Brand in the New .ANYTHING World

More here - Register your new domain name with AlpNames.

I wrote to Neelie KROES (.wine / .vin)

With no more information related to .WINE and .VIN from ICANN, I thought the EC would have more information so I wrote to Neelie KROES,

This is the message I received:

Thank you for your e-mail. It has been registered and you will receive a reply asap, within 15 working days. We ask your understanding for this delay, which is due to the  large number of messages that we receive daily. Please feel free to send a follow up message if your request incurred further delays.
    Cabinet of Mrs Neelie Kroes
    Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda
    Mail Registry Unit

Let's see what happens. Let's see if something happens.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Coming soon: Kari.Design. Read why new domain names can be just great

I am often asked that same question: “why would I use a new domain name?” and “why would I change my domain name? And I keep answering the same thing but recently I found a new argument.

Read my short post on


Why use a new domain name ?

The same question 

I am often asked the question: “why would I use a new domain name?” or “why would I change my domain name? And I keep answering the same thing:
  • …because there is a lot more precision in using a new domain name;
  • …it is new and novelty attracts the eye;
  • …there is a very strong identity advantage in showing your clients that they are at the right place when visiting your website;
  • …the business you are related to appears in your domain name;
  • …Google shows the domain name extension in the result of a search;
  • etc, etc.
Recently I found a new argument.

Kari Södö is a Virtual Artist

I am not Finish but I believe Södö must be the family name of Kari and I also believe that it is a good idea to register the family name as a domain name. I registered a long time ago. Kari decided to register

Oh…you noticed ?

I did a few checks, starting with the .com domain name, the .net and a few others and I confirm that changing domain name can be a good idea, in particular in these early stages of the ICANN new gTLD program: it is possible to register a great – and short – domain name.

A new argument

When the domain name means something different or when it is the diminutive of something else in a different language, it can get confusing. In our case, changing domain name can be the opportunity to start from scratch and get rid of the confusing domain. Then this one will be redirected to the new one: could be redirected to a new domain name and keep a good SERP (Search Engine Results Page). There are many ways to do this in an efficient way.

No matter whether the search engine positioning was good or not because what matters first is what the domain name means when you read it for the fist time. In the case of, I understand it is the introduction of M. Södö, a Virtual Artist.

.DESIGN is a new gTLD to be launched “soon”

There are many new domain names but the one to come to my mind first for a Virtual Artist would be .ART or .DESIGN. If these two are not available yet, I would suggest to look at any Accredited Registrars for a new one. I personally find that would be a good match.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Limitations of .Brand Search Engines

Based on the success of these niche engines, some TLDs pundits have argued for the viability of search engines for companies that have registered their .Brands. Imagine a Search.Nike or Search.Apple.

Read the complete article on

Do you know who this guy is?

Well, if you don't click here.

Success Factors for New gTLDs Program

An interesting post by Alex Tajirian founded DomainMart in 1996. DomainMart expanded its offerings to domain registration services in 11 languages, escrow, Web hosting, leasing, protecting online identity, appraisal and valuation, monetization consulting, and managing Corporate Training.

Read the post on
The success of the new gTLDs program depends on the actions of the winning registries and on ICANN’s allocation policies for the second round of applications. A successful landscape would be dominated by only a few registries but would be less confusing for users.

More here:

Wrong question to ICANN and wrong answer...

I rarely read long articles and generally focus on what is written about new gTLDs. Articles from the INTA are good ones but something really hurt me when I read that interview. One question and one answer are just...wrong.

The question: "What has been the biggest obstacle to educating Internet users around the world about the New gTLD Program?"

Am I the only one to have a problem with this question and in particular the "has been"?

The answer: "I think that the sheer scale of the program, and the fact that many Internet users around the world still don’t know about ICANN or what we do, have made this extremely difficult".

Is ICANN seriously considering that the job is done with this answer? If this is the case we are in wonderland and my belief is that ICANN should invest more in communicating about new gTLDs because very - but very - few people have heard about them.

Read the interview here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Who will apply for .SEO in Round 2 ?

Many domain name extensions with potential were not applied for in the first round of the ICANN new gTLD program. If investors targeted very generic ones such as sport extensions (ie: .FOOTBALL or .RUGBY) and other very generic strings (such as .CLUB or .FINANCE), many industries did not receive an application for their TLD.

Read my article on

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