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Comments to "Closed Generic" gTLD Applications

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  • Subject: Comments to "Closed Generic" gTLD Applications
  • From: "Karen Law" <karenlaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:57:57 +0800

Dear Sirs

 

I am writing on behalf of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, the applicant for
the new gTLDs: .alibaba, .alipay, .taobao and .tmall. Alibaba Group is a
family of Internet-based businesses which makes it easy for anyone to buy or
sell online anywhere in the world. Since its inception, Alibaba Group has
developed leading businesses in consumer e-commerce, online payment,
business-to-business marketplaces and cloud computing, reaching Internet
users in more than 240 countries and regions. Alibaba Group consists of 25
business units and is focused on fostering the development of an open,
collaborative and prosperous e-commerce ecosystem.

 

It has come to our attention that there are applications filed for new gTLDs
that comprise industry terms that may be used for a restricted or closed
basis, for example, .shop, .buy, .deal, .book. We believe that some of these
strings should be open and unrestricted since generic words used in a
generic way should be open to everyone in the industry. I therefore urge
ICANN to consider intervening the delegation of closed gTLDs for common
industry / generic terms for consumers’ benefits and promote fairness and
competition in registration of domain names and the markets.

 

If you have any questions or comments please let me know.

 

Thanks for your attention.

 

Regards

 

Karen

 

Karen Law
Legal Counsel
Alibaba Group
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Times Square, 1 Matheson Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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