World Governments Object to New gTLDs like .wtf, .sucks, .baby, .amazon

By Thursday, November 22, 2012 0 , , Permalink 0

Till date more than 200 objections have been raised against proposed gTLDs with Australia leading the pack with over 120 objections. Some of the other countries which are at the forefront of registering their objections include France, Germany and India. US and UK are near the bottom of the list with their fewer objections. The list is available at GAC Early Warning page. ICANN’s “early warnings” about national objections to gTLDs serves as formal objections but it doesn’t mean that these domains will never be signed off. There is always room for discussions and mediation that would allow prospect registrants to keep on pursuing their claims.

Australia has objected to names such as ‘.baby’, ‘.app’, ‘.beauty’ among other. It has also objected to names such as ‘.sucks’ and ‘.wtf’ stating that these names have “an overtly negative or critical connotation.”

Symantec’s bid to reserve ‘.antivirus’ has been objected by Australia with an argument that the company is trying to seek exclusive access to a generic name that is being used across the industry. Symantec “is seeking exclusive access to a common generic string that relates to a broad market sector”, reads the objection document [PDF].

Peru and Brazil have objected to Amazon’s bid to reserve ‘.amazon’ domain arguing that [PDF] reservation of such a domain “would prevent the use of this domain for purposes of public interest related to the protection, promotion and awareness raising on issues related to the Amazon biome.”

The US has put forward its objections against ‘.army’, ‘.airforce’ and ‘.navy’ domains as it believes that “The string is confusingly similar to the name of a specific government agency”.