Panelist from .sports decisions also rules against Donuts for .ski.
Earlier today I wrote about how Donuts lost a community objection brought against its .sports top level domain name application.
It also lost an objection brought against .ski.
This was a case of bad luck-of-the-draw: it got the same panelist on this case, Jonathan Taylor, as it did for .sport.
Had Jennifer Kirby, who handled the .basketball case, heard this case then Donuts likely would have won.
This case also included a bit of a wrinkle: Panelist Taylor knows a member of the objector, Federation Internationale de Ski. That Tyalor knows someone at the objector isn’t a huge deal; it’s how he knows her. He met her when he “advised a working part convened by the World Anti-Doping Agency to consider revisions to the International Standard for Testing, and she was a member of that Working Party.”
Suddenly, it makes more sense. When the objector argues that delegating .ski to a profit-maximizing entity like Donuts would lead to issues around anti-doping, Taylor has a predisposition toward this sort of argument.
The decision reads similarly to the .sport decision, including much of the same language and the same arguments about material detriment.
These are the same arguments that were made in the .basketball decision. The same exact type of situation. Yet the .basketball objection failed and .ski didn’t.
You can argue which party is getting screwed in these decisions, but it’s clear that someone is.