ICANN updates new TLD auction plans, still no resolution for indirect contention

ICANN has published new rules for upcoming auctions which will resolve top level domain strings with more than one applicant.

AuctionICANN has published updated rules for its so-called “Auctions of Last Resort” to resolve new top level domain name contention sets.

It has also published a draft schedule for the auctions. ICANN hopes to resolve 20 contention sets per month via auction. With 201 contention sets, this means the auction procedure could extend into 2015. This gives additional incentive to applicants in a contention set to resolve the contention via other methods.

The updated auction rules don’t include plans for contention sets that include indirect contention, which suggests that ICANN still doesn’t know how it will resolve these sticky scenarios (or it hopes they will resolve themselves on their own). .Car(s) is an example of one of these complicated contention sets.


  1. says

    .shop contention set is the king of complications, as one applicant filed similarity requests (SCOs) against a lot of strings and prevailed in some. Considering this applicant also applied as a community, this CPE will be the most awaited CPE result ever.

  2. Rick Obo says

    Why bother? Seems really apparent that the gtlds are going to nosedive out of the gate. For the life of me, I can not see people embracing them. For lack of a better word, they are all just so…dumb! And let’s say you do get over that and they don’t seem dumb to you, they still will to your customers who will accidentally go to the .com version. Have we learned nothing from GoDaddy and O.Co’s failed experiment (61% traffic loss!)? Total fail.

  3. says

    I’m just hoping Google’s Charleston Road Registry wins most, if not all, of their auctions as they’ve committed to operating most (if not all) as unsponsored and open gTLD registries. Donuts would be okay, but where they conflict with Google, I hope Google wins out.

    I’m really hoping Amazon’s European subsidiary does not win anything as they are very secretive and want to keep generic TLDs to themselves in many cases. Another one I don’t like is Top Level Domain Holdings, seems like a “pump & dump stock” if you ask me, and the fact renowned domain squatter Frank Schilling (of Name Administration Inc “quasi-fame”) is proposing to operate gTLDs under his Uniregistry scares the heck out of me. đŸ˜‰


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