39 more new gTLD’s passed ICANN Initial Evaluation (IE) today and more importantly ICANN has now gotten through all the IDN applications, meaning that next week non-IDN domain names for the first time will pass initial Evaluation.
All applications through the priority number of 108 have now gone through IE (but not all have passed yet) meaning next week we will see the first non-IDN new gTLD pass IE.
Of the 108 new gTLD application in IE, all of them IDN’s, 93 passed, none failed with the balance still with open questions or issues.
Here are all of the strings that passed IE today:
Jeff Schneider says
All of us have the chance , if educated, to make the right moves with the release of confusion causing gTLDs. Future Web initiatives are desperately going to have to be trusted as legitimate destinations for consumers to spend their money.
With the advent of the new gTLDS being introduced, its effect will severely impact the Search Engine Marketing Sector. According to MIT (Mass. Inst.Tech.) type-In traffic will be expanded rapidly and will be common place. Consumers are very reluctant to change and there are studies to prove that they will avoid doing business on a non-.COM site. This splintering and dividing of the Search Engine Market bodes well for a brilliant future, for Pure Play Generic .COM Profit Centers. M I T foresees Type-Ins, We foresee a seachange shift into .COM Profit Centers.
Why ? because the .COM Brand is a granfathered legitimate Brand Consumers trust.
Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tige
Dave Tyrer says
String number 95 書籍 means “book” in Japanese according to Google Translate.
Amazon’s application for that extension states:
“All domains in the… registry will remain the property of Amazon.” Also, the gTLD will: “Enable Amazon to protect its intellectual property rights.”
In other words, Amazon is planning to exclusively deploy this important use of the word “book” in Japanese, with nobody in Japan herself permitted to own a BOOK domain.
Amazon apparently considers itself to have some kind of intellectual property right in “books”.
Here is part of an opinion by Japan Association for New Economy (which represents 693 Japanese companies) on the ICANN closed generics forum:
“1. Could cause an anticompetitive threat
“Defining ‘generic terms’, in a common manner, indicate the common name of the goods or services. One portion of the new gTLDs applications include generic terms associated with the broad market. These applicants claim to use these generic strings exclusively among their organization. These generic strings if used as gTLDs are common object for all human-kind and should not be the sole object of a private firm.
“Because generic terms are usually used as a kind of mark in the distribution and transaction in the market, everyone needs to use them and they should be open to all people.
“In addition, a domain system provides neither the Trial for invalidation nor Trial for rescision as the clearly fixed procedure, unlike a trademark system.”
“3. Could cause detriment to Internet users’ interests
“For end-users, if ICANN allows closed generic TLDs to proceed; the end-user’s freedom of enjoying benefits from the Internet will also become restricted. Choice is what end-users want, not filtered information from a specific company.”
If this and other closed registries come into existence, authors and booksellers and parties in numerous other similarly afflicted industries are going to be demanding answers about who is responsible for the debacle, and it’s not going to be pretty.
Owen Frager says
Jeff, Can we get a link to that MIT study. I’d love to do an article about it.
Jeff, I would also be grateful if you could locate the information on the MIT study. I tried searching for it, but didn’t turn up anything. thanks, James Wright
Dave, completely agree.