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ICANN To Face Objections From Governments Over New Net Addresses

     
12:59 pm on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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A panel representing about 50 of the world's governments is set to reveal to which of the proposed new internet name address endings it objects.

A total of 1,930 applications for new suffixes were lodged in June.ICANN To Face Objections From Governments Over New Net Addresses [bbc.co.uk]
Some countries have already registered individual complaints, but the latest move represents collective concerns.

Objections raised by the panel - the Government Advisory Committee (Gac) - will not be binding on net address regulator Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), but the organisation must produce "well reasoned arguments" if it decides to deny any request.
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No matter what is decided, you are not going to make everyone happy. I think it is possible to offend everyone to some degree with the vast number of gTLD's suggested plus increase abuse and misrepresentation. And, of course, the conflict of interests with things like Google controlling .search. And quite frankly, who is going to remember all those gTLD's as many are niche.

One effect I see is the cost of .com's, especially established ones, will sky rocket.

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More TLDs means more money for ICANN, registries and registrars. And probably also for squatters etc. Less money for all the rest of us needing to protect our names in many more TLDs.

So for all I care: there are plenty already and unless a country splits up: stop making new ones!
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The objections are now in, for those that want to see them.
The panel - known as the Government Advisory Committee (Gac) - has published its "early warning" list on the web to give applicants a chance to address its concerns or choose to withdraw their submission and reclaim 80% of their $185,000 (116,300) application fee.

New internet name objections filed by government panel [bbc.co.uk]


[gacweb.icann.org...]

The organisations and suffixes referred to on the list included:

Amazon for its applications for .app, .book, .movie, .game and .mail among others.
Google for .search, .cloud and .gmbh (a reference to a type of limited German company).
Johnson & Johnson for .baby.
L'Oreal for .beauty, .hair, .makeup, .salon and .skin.
The Weather Channel for .weather.
Symantec for .antivirus.
eHow publisher, Demand Media, for .army, .airforce, .engineer and .green.
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Google for ... .gmbh

I should hope so. People would scream bloody murder if an individual company tried to get exclusive rights to dot co(m). Or .ltd or .llc or .inc
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google IS an individual company.
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Er, yeah. That was my point.