Panelist sides with SportAccord in objection against .sports.
International Centre for Dispute Resolution has posted an updated list of string confusion objections, and there’s more trouble.
SportAccord, an applicant for the .sport domain, has successfully objected to Donuts’ application for .Sports.
SportAccord argued that “a significant degree of confusion would occur between any TLD string that is understood to be the plural of another TLD string.”
Panelist Scott Donahey sided with SportAccord on the basis that, in addition to visual and auditory similarity, ‘sport’ and ‘sports’ are pronounced the same in French and that .sport is a singular and collective noun, essentially making them synonymous.
Most panels have rejected string confusion objections filed between singular and plural words.