In interesting objection was just filed with ICANN on the new gTLD .Earth, by John Palmer of American Webmasters, Inc who claims to already own the TLD since 1995 having been granted the TLD by none other than Dr. Jon Postel.
“The TLD “.EARTH” is an existing TLD which is the property of American Webmasters, Inc / dba AGN Domain Name Service, Inc, a Delaware Corporation.”
“We have been operating this TLD since 1995 when we claimed it from IANA (Dr. Jon Postel). ”
“This is documented in the book “Ruling the Root” by Milton L. Mueller and the records of IANA.”
“ADNS has been operating this as a LIVE TLD in the INS since 1995.”
“It is considered an internet directory and is protected by copyright law.”
“Any attempt to assign this TLD to someone else constitutes larceny by conversion and will be met with litigation and or criminal prosecution of all parties involved, including ICANN and the applicant.”
Between this comment and the 150 or so objections filed by Saudi Arabia , I’m sure ICANN is thrilled it extended the comment period.