One panelist dings .cam while two others say it’s OK.
ICANN’s string similarity objections are about to face a big challenge.
Demand Media subsidiary United TLD has lost an objection brought by Verisign against United TLD’s .cam domain name application.
But two other applicants, AC Webconnecting BV and dotAgency Limited, have prevailed against Verisign’s challenges.
If the rules for string similarity are written well enough, how can panelists disagree on the same exact string?
This is a nightmare scenario for new top level domain name objections. It’s even worse than panels disagreeing on singulars versus plurals. It throws all string similarity decisions into question.
ICANN will now have to sort out what to do with the panelists’ decisions. Its untenable that United’s application gets sacked while the others go forward, so we’re sure to see some fireworks ahead.