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Generic Top Level Domain Information

General Top Level Domain Update

Do you have a company website? Chances are your domain name ends in .com. Other popular domains include .net, .org and .gov.

Earlier this year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened a process to introduce additional Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) into the internet addressing system. During this process, companies applied for the exclusive right to use new gTLDs. Hundreds of applications were submitted, which included some general sports-related domains like .baseball, .football, .hockey, .shoes, .ski, etc. To view all of the applied for gTLDs, visit http://www.nsga.org/files/gtldapplicants.pdf and scroll down the list for English. 

The association is providing this information to you to allow you to make a determination as to whether your company has a claim to one of these applied-for domains. There are four reasons companies can dispute a gTLD application:

String Confusion - The applied-for gTLD string is confusingly similar to an existing TLD or to another applied-for gTLD string. Delegating two or more similar TLDs could cause user confusion.

Legal Rights - The applied-for gTLD string violates the legal rights of the objector.

Limited Public Interest – The applied-for gTLD string contradicts generally accepted legal norms of morality and public order recognized under principles of international law.

Community - There is substantial opposition to the gTLD application from a significant portion of the community which the gTLD string is targeting.

To learn more about the requirements to file an objection to one of the applied-for gTLDs, and to submit your objection, please click here.  

Learn more about the process by clicking here.