What about all the other applicants for Gay Community names?
Types of Application for .gay
There are two types of applications for new top level domains (gTLD): Standard and Community. In this round, dotgay is the only community applicant, the other three applications for .gay and the one application for .lgbt are all standard applications. The primary difference between community applications and standard applications is that community applications are contractually bound to meeting commitments made to the community about how the gTLD will be run in support of the community and that standard applications were pretty much free to do anything with the name they pleased (though both are bound to same operational rules.)
The primary reasons for submitting a community application is service to the community. The primary reasons for submitting a standard application is business, which in the Gay, i.e. LGBTQIA…, Community is sometimes known as the pink dollar.
The following companies are trying to obtain .gay without involving the community:
The following company is trying to obtain .lgbt without involving the community
At the recent ILGA-2012 conference in Stockholm, dotgay LLC maintained a booth where it discussed the ICANN New gTLD process and dotgay’s application for .gay. A topic that came up as much as any other was:
Can anything be done to protect the community from exploitation by those who just want to use the name for making money?
The answer is yes, under certain conditions.
ICANN provided several basis for filing a formal objections against applications.
Community Objection – There is substantial opposition to the gTLD application from a significant portion of the community to which the gTLD string may be explicitly or implicitly targeted.
The four tests described here will enable a DRSP panel to determine whether there is substantial opposition from a significant portion of the community to which the string may be targeted. For an objection to be successful, the objector must prove that:
• The community invoked by the objector is a clearly delineated community; and
• Community opposition to the application is substantial; and
• There is a strong association between the community invoked and the applied-for gTLD string; and
• The application creates a likelihood of material detriment to the rights or legitimate interests of a significant portion of the community to which the string may be explicitly or implicitly targeted. Each of these tests is described in further detail below.
Who can object to the standard applications for .gay and .lgbt
One of the questions that comes up when the process of objections is explained to the dotgay community is whether dotgay LLC had any intention to file an objection.
ICANN has defined criteria for standing to object. In order to object an institution must have a longstanding relationship with the community and cannot be a group created to apply for the .gay. There are a set of strict conditions that must be met in order for an organization to have standing to object. Not all organization will meet the threshold that ICANN has set.
Clearly while many of the members of the community who have given support to dotgay’s community application may have standing to object to the non community applicants, dotgay LLC itself does not have standing.
Why might a Gay Community organization object to the non-community applications for .gay and .lgbt
At ILGA-2012 there were also discussions of the various forms of harm, aka material detriment, that the non-community applications could have on the Gay community. Some of the possible detriments included:
- Anyone will be allowed to register a .gay or .lgbt name;
- The community will lose its most precious natural resource – its name;
- It will enable another method for exploitation of the gay community for profit;
- The profits from .gay or .lgbt will not be used to benefit the gay community;
- The community will lose the chance to offer new programs to help LGBTQIA… people;.
- It will not be trusted by the community;
- It will not be safe to use to enhance gay community business.
If you can’t believe that a business.gay or business.lgbt is a community business how can you trust it to be gay friendly;
- It can be used as a vehicle to incite prejudice against the community;
- It can be a tool for discrimination against the community;
- It can be used for fund raising for anti-gay campaigns;
- It will fail to increase visibility of the LGBTQIA people and instead obscure it as much as it is obscured by com;
- It will not represent a safe haven on the internet that the community can trust;
- Names will be sold to the highest bidder with no concern for the well-being of the community;
- The names will not build on the heritage of the self help by gay community business;
- It will not be a force to fight discrimination in the workplace, in fact it may be used to foster discrimination;
- It will not be force to fight discrimination in tourism, in fact it may be used to foster discrimination;
- It will not be a force to fight discrimination in business, in fact it may be used to foster discrimination;
- It will not be a force to fight discrimination in sports, in fact it may be used to foster discrimination;
- It will not be a force to fight discrimination in the media, in fact it may be used to foster discrimination;
- It will not be a force to fight discrimination in social service, in fact it may be used to foster discrimination;
- It will not be a force in the fight for LGBTQIA human rights, in fact it may be used to foster discrimination;
- It will not provide service directed at the gay community;
- Instead of building relationships within the community it will cause distrust;
- It will be used to incite violence against LGBTQIA persons;
But mostly because a standard application will exploit the community.
So why wouldn’t a qualified organization file a Community Objection
Will there be a Community Objection to the non-community applications for .gay or .lgbt?
A story about the pink dollar.