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ICANN Opens Comment Period On Closed Generic New gTLD’s

Posted on the 06 February 2013 by Worldwide @thedomains

Well ICANN is addressing what has become the hottest topic of the new gTLD program by just opened the comment period on the subject of “closed generic” gTLD applications and whether specific requirements should be adopted corresponding to this type of application.

Stakeholder views are invited to help define and consider this issue. In particular, comments would be helpful in regard to proposed objective criteria for:

Classifying certain applications as “closed generic” TLDs, i.e., how to determine whether a string is generic, and
determining the circumstances under which a particular TLD operator should be permitted to adopt “open” or “closed” registration policies.
The New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors has discussed this issue and has also directed completion of a set of focused research and analysis items to inform any possible action to be taken.

At its 2 February 2013 meeting, the Committee passed the following resolution:

Whereas, the New gTLD Program Committee has received correspondence from the community addressing “closed generic” TLDs and understands that members of the community term a “closed generic” TLD as a TLD string that is a generic term and is proposed to be operated by a participant exclusively for its own benefit.

Whereas, ICANN implemented the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) policy recommendations on the “Introduction of New Generic Top-Level Domains”, and within those policy recommendations there is no specific policy regarding “closed generic” top-level domains (TLDs).

Whereas, members of the community have expressed concerns regarding applications for “closed generic” TLDs.

Whereas, the New gTLD Program Committee considers that it is important to understand all views and potential ramifications relating to ‘closed generic’ TLDs.

Resolved (2013.02.02.NG01), the New gTLD Program Committee directs the President and CEO to open a 30-day public comment forum on this topic, which should include a call for identification of proposed objective criteria to classify applied-for TLDs as “closed generic” TLDs.

Resolved (2013.02.02.NG02), the New gTLD Program Committee directs the President and CEO to, concurrently with the opening of the public comment forum, request the GNSO to provide guidance on the issue of “closed generic” TLDs if the GNSO wishes to provide such guidance. Guidance on this issue is requested to be provided by the close of the public comment forum.

Resolved (2013.02.02.NG03), the New gTLD Program Committee directs the President and CEO to:

Summarize and analyze all comments submitted in the public comment forum.

Review materials supporting the policy development process resulting in the GNSO policy recommendations on the Introduction of New Generic Top-Level Domains and provide analysis of any discussions relating to the limitations on potential new gTLDs.…


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