A couple of years later, Donuts is back in the game for the .charity top level domain.
New top level domain name company Donuts is back in the running for the .charity top level domain name after an Independent Review Panel (IRP) found ICANN’s board violated its bylaws.
The saga began when the Independent Objector filed community objections to both Donuts’ and Famous Four Media’s applications to run .charity. The panelist for the community objection ruled that the objection against Donuts’ application succeeded while dismissing the objection against Famous Four Media’s application. This was because Famous Four Media submitted a Public Interest Commitment (PIC) that suggested it would only allow actual charities to register the domain names.
The PIC probably shouldn’t have been considered in the first place. It certainly became a moot point later when ICANN’s board decided to place safeguards on .charity at the behest of the Governmental Advisory Committee. This decision happened after the objection panel had closed the record but before the expert determination was made. The entire objection was pointless after ICANN slapped the additional requirements on whomever eventually operated .charity. Click here to continue reading…