It may be August, but we're still here, tracking the top stories about Domain News for this week, August 1-7, 2013.
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.
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.
Last week, ICANN held their 46th meeting, in the city of Beijing, to discuss the new Global Top Level Domains (gTLDs) rollout. We give you the summary on the Internet Law Talk podcast.
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.