In a comment posted on ICANN site today Donuts, Inc. which has applied for the new gTLD .City, weighted in on whether the new gTLD’s of .Citi and .City are similarly confusing
In Donuts opinion that they are not.
Writing for Donuts, Inc. was Richard Tindal said:
“Donuts agrees with Citigroup’s comment that .CITY and .CITI are visually dissimilar. The Citigroup comment correctly states that ICANN has delegated numerous TLDs with common characters and endings in “I” and “Y,” such as .BI and .BY, .CI and .CY, and .SI and .SY without resulting user confusion. Additional examples of non-identical strings include generic and country code TLDs, such as .BZ and .BIZ or .CO and .COM. At the second level, it can be noted that city.com and citi.com have existed side-by-side for many years without noticeable consumer confusion.
The standard applied by the Similarity Panel holds that the average Internet user is likely to be visually confused. With the above examples peacefully coexisting in the DNS, it’s difficult to understand how .CITY and .CITI might be interpreted as meeting that standard. Citigroup argues persuasively that similarity can (and often does) depend on the number of characters in strings (the shorter the strings, the less likely to create confusion). Donuts does not seek or expect contention between its own application for .CITY and Citigroup’s application for .CITI and, accordingly, affirms Citigroup’s comment.”