Miscellaneous Closed gTLD Applications (2)
Lifestyle Domain Holdings Inc has applied to operate .food as a closed registry.
"... .food will be a Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., ('SNI') branded top level domain and intend to function, per the ICANN-Registry Operator Registry Agreement, as a Specification 9 exempt system that will seek to provide internet users with the confidence that all of the programming, information, social media, shopping and lifestyle opportunities found on the .food branded top level domain is authentic, genuine, safe and secure and affiliated with SNI's family of lifestyle brands.
"...Applicant intends to function in such a way that all domain name registrations in the TLD shall be registered to and maintained by Applicant and Applicant will not sell, distribute or transfer control of domain name registrations to any party that is not an Affiliate of Applicant as defined in the ICANN-Registry Operator Registry Agreement. All domain name registrations intended to be used within Applicant's registry will be registered to and controlled and maintained by Applicant and for the benefit of Applicant and its users, parents, sisters and Affiliates."
Excerpt source: Pool.com, Lifestyle Domain Holdings' .food application
Dot Food LLC, which has applied for an open registry for .food, has this to say about the rival closed application:
"...Restricting the use of generic words 'food', 'book', 'author', 'security', 'hair', 'read' and more to the furtherance of the 'stated goals' of a single business, or for the personal gain of any one business at the cost of competition, is in no way beneficial to the public interest.
"...the .FOOD closed gTLD is nothing more than an attempt to restrict competition and innovation for content, instruction, education, and programming on the Internet.
"The concept of a closed gTLD is diametrically opposed to the stated core values established by ICANN in fulfilling its mission. Assignment of any closed gTLD will squelch competition and innovation on the Internet."
Details: ICANN Forum 6 page.
It doesn't matter if you are a farmer or a grocery store, a chef or a supermarket. It won't make a difference if you are a doctor, scientist or nutritionist. If Lifestyle Domain Holdings Inc takes exclusive control of the .food extension, then you and everyone else will be shut out even the Food & Drug Administration.
Richemont DNS Inc has applied to operate the .jewelry domain string as a closed registry.
Richemont is the world's third largest luxury goods company and owner of brands such as Cartier. Exclusive ownership of the entire range of .jewelry websites, like the examples in the graphic above, while simultaneously prohibiting their competitors from the space, should certainly assist their business interests.
"...All registrants of second level domain names will be affiliates of Richemont DNS or will be parties operating under a written contractual agreement specifically allowing the registration of a second level domain name within this registry...
"The .Jewelry registry will be a standard, i.e. not a community-based, restricted registry...
"The success of the .Jewelry registry will be determined by the enhancement in the equity of Richemont's jewelry making businesses and in terms of the security and stability it brings to our communications with customers, the press, and governments. Since there will be no market in second level domain name registrations in this registry, success will not be measured by the number of second level domain name registrations.
"...The goal is to position Richemont DNS, on behalf of our specialist jewelers, to exploit this latest internet advance in order to further enhance the Richemont group brands and reputation...
"...It is not intended that .Jewelry domains will be made available to anyone beyond Richemont or Richemont DNS. It could be that we will use .Jewelry domains to promote recognition of our affiliated network of authorized dealers in time but again Richemont DNS will be in control.
"...We have no plans to sell .Jewelry domains. We are applying to protect and enhance our position as a leading creator of jewelry of the highest quality. There will be no market in .Jewelry domains.
"...We are applying for .Jewelry to support Richemonts strategic goals and to protect Richemonts IP not to generate revenues from selling domains..."
Excerpt source: Pool.com, Richemont's .jewelry application
"We think that allowing a single Registrant to have an exclusive control over a 'closed generic' TLD would award an unfair competitive advantage on this organization to the detriment of the industry as a whole...
"In the case of a 'closed generic' TLD .WATCHES, the exclusivity granted to Richemont DNS Inc. to have sole use of the TLD in the Watch industry would create an unfair advantage, and be detrimental to the industry as a whole."
Details: ICANN Forum 5 page.
NOTE Besides .jewelry, Richemont has also applied to own a closed registry for the .watches domain extension and here is an excerpt:
"The success of the .Watches registry will be determined by the enhancement in the equity of Richemont's watch making businesses and in terms of the security and stability it brings to our communications... Since there will be no market in second level domain name registrations in this registry, success will not be measured by the number of second level domain name registrations.
"It is not intended that .Watches domains will be made available to anyone beyond Richemont or Richemont DNS."
Excerpt source: Pool.com, Richemont's .watches application
The Retail Council of Canada "...believes that competition will suffer if gTLDs that comprise important industry terms are granted. In particular, important pathways between retailers and online customers will be unavailable to competitors, and the registry operator will gain an unfair advantage in direct navigation and online search. It will also effectively gain exclusive rights to be associated with the kind of products or services they offer, which is something that could not be achieved through trade mark laws in Canada."
Retail Council of Canada
(The RCC represents the interests of 45,000 stores in Canada - Ed.)
Details: ICANN Forum 4 page.
Symantec Corporation has applied to operate the .security domains as closed gTLDs.
"...The .SECURITY gTLD will become one of Symantecs core assets...
"Symantec intends to initially limit registration and use of domain names within the .SECURITY gTLD to Symantec and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates. This initial limited use will allow Symantec to establish its operations and achieve full sustainability...
"After Stage 2... Symantec will evaluate whether opportunities exist to carry out the business strategy for the gTLD... through fee-based registrations to parties other than Symantec and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates.
Source: Pool.com, Symantec's .security application
Symantec says they will operate .security domains exclusively for the first five years, if not forever. And only if it matches its "business plan and expansion strategy". Even if they do eventually open up the registry (which seems unlikely unless they are forced to do so) they will still enjoy five long years of first mover advantage and close association with the word "security" among consumers. Not to mention they would have five long years to identify and secure the most valuable security names, leaving only the leftovers.
The application has received strong opposition from many other security companies, particularly those in the physical bricks and mortar alarms and security industry.
For example, this objection from the Alarm Industry Communications Committe (AICC):
"ESA and CSAA, representing the alarm monitoring and installation industry sector, collectively have 2434 member companies providing alarm service to the public. Together with these trade association members, AICC member companies protect a wide range of sensitive facilities and their occupants from fire, burglaries, sabotage and other emergencies. Protected facilities include government offices, power plants, hospitals, dam and water authorities, pharmaceutical plants, chemical plants, banks, schools and universities.
"...Such denial of access would lead to consumer confusion, and place security companies at a competitive disadvantage in marketing their services on the Internet."
Details: ICANN Forum 1 page.
There you have the truth. If ICANN allows closed gTLDs to proceed, a legitimate security company with armed guards will be blocked from using a .security domain to promote its business aims.
You can read ICANN's full list of domain string applications here.
Pool's list of applications for the new gTLDs can be read here.
BrandShield's chart showing which applications are open and which are closed can be read here.
SuperMonopolies.com A hypothetical analysis of the new top level domain names coming in 2013-14.
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