Years in the making, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is finally expected to release thousands of new generic top level domain names (“gTLDs”) for the Internet this year. As can be expected, the process has not been without controversy and some confusion. Specifically, the applications for .AMAZON have raised concern over domain names that function as a company name and also have significant alternative meanings/relevance in common language, geography or culture.
DomainSkate has been following and researching the expansion of the Internet - which is happening right now. This expansion of global Top Level Domains is an event similar to the Great Land Rush and expansion of the United States westward which occurred in the early 1800's. We've created an Infographic that explains the magnitude of this expansion.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global coordinator for domain names on the Internet, will approve thousands of new generic top-level domain (gTLD) names in the next year. One of the most sought after and exciting gTLDs is .MUSIC. This is true for a number of reasons. First, the term “music” has universal appeal. It also lacks a natural plural form to contend with as compared to other potentially troublesome gTLDs such as .LAWYER versus .LAWYERS. Second, it readily appeals to communities of artists and musicians who are eager to adopt new ideas, technologies and ways of connecting with their audiences.
With hundreds of new gTLDs coming later in 2013, we have to ask - what is the role of the domain dispute arbitration procedure known as UDRP?
The New gTLDs are coming soon, according to ICANN. David Mitnick and I discussed what they are and how they'll affect brands on our podcast, Internet Law Talk, today on Blog Talk Radio.
You know how to find a website on the Internet, but you may not know that the “.com” and “.net” “Generic Top Level Domains” or “gTLDs” are about to get a whole lot more company. Everyone that does business on the Internet will have to start thinking about how to navigate this new era of top level domain expansion in the very near future, thanks to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the key internet governing body.