L’Oreal, Amazon’s, and Other Company’s Closed Generic Top Level Domains, Including L’Oreal’s Application for .SALON, .HAIR, and .MAKEUP
The comments below express the numerous concerns over Amazon, L’Oreal’s, and Other Company’s applications as the owners of a closed, anti-competitive gTLD: After several years of research, ICANN created the application process and deadline to submit the applications. All of the applicants had to submit their application by the deadline and couldn’t submit any applications after the deadline. Applications are not to be arbitrarily changed when applicants feel like it. Therefore, L’Oreal should not be able to change their answer to Question #18 on the application for .SALON since the application deadline has already passed. Other applicants can’t just change their answers to make them sound better. It is true that applicants were sent Clarifying Questions, but Clarifying Questions were sent fairly to all applicants who needed them. The Clarifying Questions don’t contradict or change previous answers on the application; they are supplemental information to clarify things.The intent of the new gTLD program is to promote competition, not give unfair monopolies. L’Oreal’s application for .SALON should be disqualified entirely because it is anti-competitive and will give L’Oreal an unfair advantage over the competition. Where is the line drawn? For example, if certain salons don’t carry L’Oreal products, will L’Oreal then start denying them access to have a web site address ending in .SALON? Will L’Oreal deny salons access to the website ending in .SALON if they don’t sell L’Oreal makeup, didn’t attend L’Oreal schools, etc. ? Nothing is stopping L’Oreal from doing this. L’Oreal already said it was only going to use .SALON for their own salons/interest/profit and has clear anti-competitive intentions.L’Oreal does not have the best interest of the salon owners and employees in mind; L’Oreal is out for its own interests and profits. This is a clear conflict of interest and unethical.ICANN should not be swayed by financial or market presence of Amazon and L’Oreal who clearly filled out question #18 on the gTLD application for .SALON incorrectly and unethically. Instead, answers given on the gTLD application should be reviewed and treated fairly and equally for all. It is clear: disqualify L’Oreal and Amazon for any anti-competitive gTLD that they applied for. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.