.shop

From ICANNWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Status: Proposed
Target Region: International
Manager: GMO Registry,
Commercial Connect
Registry Provider: GMO Registry (GMO Registry bid)
Type: gTLD
Category: Commerce
Community: No
Priority #: 410 - GMO Registry
494 - BEIJING JINGDONG 360 DU E-COMMERCE LTD
649 - Commercial Connect
1191 - Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
1566 - Amazon
1593 - GMO Registry
1633 - Radix (DotShop Inc.)
1639 - Donuts (Sugar Maple, LLC)
1837 - Famous Four Media (Dot Shop Limited)

.shop is a proposed new gTLD in ICANN's new gTLD program.

Current Applicants

  1. GMO Registry (Community Application, the company has sponsored ICANN events using the .shop brand.[1] the company has applied for both community and non-community status. The latter option is likely a back-up measure in case their community status application fails.
  2. GMO Registry (Standard Application), one of two applications filed by GMO for .shop.
  3. Famous Four Media (Dot Shop Limited), one of 61 applications filed for new TLDs by the company.[2]
  4. Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
  5. Radix (DotShop Inc.), one of 31 applications filed by the company.
  6. Donuts (Sugar Maple, LLC) - This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  7. Commercial Connect, LLC, Community Application, FAILED INITIAL EVALUATION; the application requested and passed extended evaluation. It was the first application to fail IE due to the technical evaluation.[3]
  8. BEIJING JINGDONG 360 DU E-COMMERCE LTD
  9. Amazon - The Japan Association of New Economy (JANE) filed a community objection against this application.[4]

Amazon

Amazon's application was issued a GAC Early Warning from the representative of Australia and GAC Chair, Heather Dryden. The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the ICANN Board that a given TLD application should be denied as it stands. Applicants are encouraged to work with objecting GAC members.[5]

The warning states that the applicant is "seeking exclusive access to a common generic string .. that relates to a broad market sector," which Ms. Dryden notes could have unintended consequences and a negative impact on competition.[6]

Radix

Radix received a GAC Early Warning as an entire applicant, where each one of the applicants was flagged by the U.S. Government. This seems to be the only time a portfolio applicant had all of their applications warned. The issue does not deal with the technical capabilities or thematic content of their applications, but rather the inclusion of an email address associated with the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation. It seems that Radix included correspondence with this address as a recommendation with each of their applications.[7]

Community Application

There are two Community Priority Applications or .shop. One community priority applicant, GMO Registry, also submitted a generic application in order to still have a chance at the TLD should they not be awarded the community designation. The other community applicant, Commercial Connect LLC, submitted only the one community application.

The application from Commercial Connect LLC defines its community as e-Commerce operators that run "B2C site[s] that utilize credit card processing requiring them to abide by PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) to operate." The company notes that "We are the original applicant for .SHOP from the 2000 round. While there were other applicants in the initial rounds, Commercial Connect was the only one that made it through the entire qualification process. When delegation of .SHOP was put off until the ʺnextʺ round, CC has been working with the above community to establish its relationship and representation in that community. Initially, since there was no clear community representation, we worked on establishing some form of a member trade association. The result was the creation of ECWR.net (eCommerce World Retailers). This was formed in March, 2004 and clearly predates the 2007 requirement in the Applicant Guidebook. We currently have in excess of 1,000 members representing a substantial amount of eCommerce (these members represent an equilivant in excess of $866 trillion in annual sales)."[8]

The application by GMO Registry leaves greater room in its use of language for shops providing "offline" commerce services. Their application is supported by a few commerce associations, such as the European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association (EMOTA) and the Japan Foundation for Electronic Commerce (JFEC). THere are not strong membership requirements delineated in the application.[9]

Sting Confusion Objection to .shopping

.shop applicant Commercial Connect submitted an objection to Donuts' application for .shopping on the grounds that the two strings are confusingly similar and that Internet users might mistake the strings for one another. An ICDR panelist, Robert Nau, ruled in favor of Commercial Connect, which may force [[Donuts]' application into a contention set along with all of the applicants for .shop. However, no objection was filed against Uniregistry for their application of .shopping.[10] Nau was also the panelist who decided the case that found Amazon's application for .通販, which means "online shopping" in Chinese, to be confusingly similar to .shop. New gTLD applicant community members have expressed concern that the panelist chosen to decide certain objections has a major effect on the outcome of the objection.[11]

References

  1. NRF Director Joins Shop Applicant, DomainIncite.com
  2. Famous Four Media Applies for 61 Generic TLDs Poker Bet Bing, TheDomains.com
  3. 90 passes and 2 failures in this weeks gTLD results, DomainIncite.comPublished June 28, Retrieved 1 July
  4. Pending Cases, ICC.ICANN.orgRetrieved 15 May 2013
  5. GAC Early Warning, NewgTLDS.ICANN.org Retrieved 25 Nov 2012
  6. Shop AU GACweb.ICANN.org Retrieved 25 Nov 2012
  7. RadixReg. GACweb.ICANN.org Retrieved 27 Nov 2012
  8. Application 1-1830-1672
  9. Application 1-890-52063
  10. .shopping Ruled Confusingly Similar to .shop, Domain Incite Retrieved 18 Oct 2013
  11. Donuts' .shopping Found Too Similar to .shop, Domain Name Wire Retrieved 18 Oct 2013