ICC issues first three community objection decisions.
More controversy about new top level domain names is coming as the first community objection decisions have been released by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
The International Union of Architects was successful in its objection to Donuts’ application for .architect. The group is backing a community application filed by Starting Dot for .archi.
In a statement, Donuts spokesperson Mason Cole said “We disagree with the opinion. We’re reviewing it now to decide next steps.”
In the two other decided cases the applicants prevailed. Metroplex Republicans of Dallas, which purports to further the interests of the conservative LGBTQ community, failed in its objection to DotGay LLC’s application for .gay.
FairSearch.org, a group formed by companies concerned about Google’s dominance in search (many of them travel search engines), lost an objection against Google for .fly.
In both of these cases, the panelist determined that the objectors had not shown that there was substantial community opposition to the application and that it would cause material detriment to the community.
In the case of .gay, the panelist found that Metroplex also lacked standing to bring the case.
More to come…