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ICANN’s processing of applications

Update

It has been a while since I updated this web site. The processing of applications went into a lull, but is now moving ahead full force. To catch up, it has been madness at ICANN. But the dotgay LLC crowd has been busy keeping up with the changing procedures.

  • The most important bit of news is that the dotgay LLC application has passed its initial evaluation.  While this does not mean all is ready to go, it does mean dotgay LLC’s .gay is qualified to go live.  Briefly, the steps that still need to be climbed  include:
    • The Objection period needs to run its course.  A list of objections and an explanation of the process is available from the International Chambers of Commerce Dispute Resolution Center.
      • dotgay LLC received one objection from  the Metroplex Republicans of Dallas.  dotgay LLC is currently engaged in the dispute resolution process and is attempting to resolve Metroplex’s issues.
      • Each of the standard applications for .gay, and the application for  .lgbt, also received an objection from ILGA, which was submitted on behalf of several global LGBTQIA, i.e. gay, community organizations.
    • The standard applications competing with dotgay’s application still need to complete their initial evaluations.  It will be several months before they have completed the process.
    • If any of the standard applications complete initial evaluation successfully, and the probability is that they will, then dotgay LLC’s application for .gay will need to undergo review by the Community Evaluation Panel (CEP) to determine whether the dotgay application trumps all the other applications and can complete its way to registration unhindered.  The CEP is a very grueling test, and as no one has ever taken this test yet, it is uncertain how any applicant will do.  dotgay LLC has every confidence that it will succeed in this evaluation.  Should dotgay fail to trump the standard applications in the CEP, however, then there would be a auction to see which of the applicants was wom the contract for .gay.  While this community, the dotgay community has shown great support for dotgay LLC’s application with over a 150 letters of support, we may come back to the dotgay-community asking it to show its support again when the CEP occurs. CEP processing is scheduled to begin in September.
    • Assuming that this is successful, then .gay, as a community TLD, will negotiate its contract with ICANN and prepare to go live.
  • A new Trademark Clearing House (TMCH) has been created by ICANN to assist Trademark holders in gaining priority for  obtaining their trademark as a second level domain name.  Members of the dotgay-community who have trademarks and who wish to take advantage of the TMCH will need to submit their trademarks to the TMCH.  Members of the dotgay-community who register trademarks with the TMCH will be able obtain domain names during the Sunrise period once the .gay has been approved.
    • For members of the dotgay-community who do not have trademarks, dotgay LLC will hold a Sunshine period where any dotgay-community member that has had a domain name obtained before May 1, 2012 on an IANA-recognized TLD will be able to register before open registration for other dotgay-community members.
    • Note any members of the gay community that wants to protect their trademarks in other of the 1900 possible new TLDs, should also consider registering in the TMCH.
  • An Interest group of Community TLD applicants has been formed within ICANN and is working to try and help ICANN to understand how community TLDs are different from standard TLDs.  This group is called Community TLD Applicants Group (CTAG).  And interview with the author of this blog on the history of community TLD was published by the CTAG on CircleId.

Detailed news on the minutia of the New gTLD process at ICANN is available.

It is my intent to update this website on the process weekly going forward.


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