TheDomains.com has learned that Verisign (VRSN) the company that operates the .Com registry has filed objections to the new gTLD application of .Cam and .Bom, claiming that they are confusingly similar to .Com.
None of the objections are posted on the websites of the providers who will be administering the objections but the applicants have been notified of the objections.
In the case of .Cam the term has substantial meaning on its own and have become one of the most popular type of sites on the Internet.
There are three applications for .Cam one by Demand Media, Inc. (DMD) one by Famous Four and one by a applicant in the Netherlands.
According to our source, Verisign is citing a survey of 400 internet users and argue that 39% were confused between .cam and .com.
Verisign filed another objection on the new gTLD application for .Bom
The only applicant for .Bom is Núcleo de Informação e Coordenação do Ponto BR – NIC.br .
Bom is the Portuguese translation for Good.
According to the information TheDomains.com received Verisign has objected to any three letter new gTLD’s in which two of the letters are “c” “o” and/or “m” when those letters appear in the same position as in .Com.
As there is only one other objection filed for string confusion currently listed on the site of the organization who will be dealing with these objections, Verisign may well wind up being the company filing the most objections.
Of course if the Verisign objections are not reflected yet, although the ICANN objection period ended on March 13th, you have to wonder how many other objections have been filed but not yet reflected on the official sites.
We will keep you updated.