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Closed Generic gTLDs

  • To: "'comments-closed-generic-05feb13@xxxxxxxxx'" <comments-closed-generic-05feb13@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Closed Generic gTLDs
  • From: Sydney Davies <sydney.davies@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:03:56 +0000

The Booksellers Association of The UK & Ireland Ltd represents 3,580 retail 
outlets selling books.

The Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland strongly opposes any 
applications for a "closed generic" gTLD, especially if submitted by commercial 
entities operating in a sector of activity related to the closed generic gTLD.

In the case of a closed generic gTLD .book, the exclusivity granted to the 
winning applicant would de facto strengthen the position of the biggest bidder 
to have sole use of the gTLD in the book industry and would therefore be 
anti-competitive, discourage innovation and new entrants and be detrimental to 
the industry as a whole.

We are therefore asking ICANN not to offer for sale a generic gTLD for .book 
and other similar words in general usage.

Sydney Davies

Sydney Davies, Head of Trade & Industry
Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland Ltd
6 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR
Tel: +44 [0]20 7421 4640

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