Grandfathering for IDN transliterations of existing gTLDs by Verisign and PIR
The IDN gTLD applications by Verisign and PIR should be treated as a special case within the new gTLDs. That’s because these aren’t completely new but transliterations of the existing gTLDs .com, .net and .org.
IDN already exist at the second level for these extensions. This could be a cause for confusion by internet users if these don’t resolve to the same destinations as their IDN.IDN equivalents. Extensions like .コムor .орг are not only used by website owners for branding already but also phonetically identical to .com and .org. Therefore they are likely to be seen as equivalents by the majority of internet users. A more detailed explanation on the confusion potential of IDN transliterations of existing TLDs can be found here: http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/zhang-to-icann-01oct12-en
In order to prevent such confusion Verisign and PIR should be contractually bound to allocate usage rights for IDN.IDN versions to the second level registrants of the equivalent IDN.com/.net/.org with some sort of „grandfathering“ mechanism. Verisign has proposed this but didn’t mention it in their applications: http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-idng/msg00232.html . So in accord with this proposal only the registrant of пример.com (example) should be given the usage rights for пример.ком.
Falko Neuhaus, Germany