Company claims new TLD program is a conspiracy to enrich a select few and that ICANN is violating antitrust laws.
Name.space has filed its opening brief in an appeal of a lawsuit it brought against ICANN last year.
Name.space operates an “alternative root” whereby certain internet users can access domain names such as .online and .blog. It applied to have 118 of its alt-root domain names become part of the official root during ICANN’s 2000 “proof of concept round”. Its application was never accepted.
When the “new” new TLD program rolled out, it sued ICANN arguing that ICANN violated anti-trust rules and conspired with insiders to enrich them when it set up the rules for the program. It also claimed trademark infringement since many of the new TLDs matched domains it offers in its alternative root.
The company asked for an injunction against the new TLD program and for damages.
You can read a copy of name.space’s opening brief, and why it believes the lower court erred, here (pdf).