Closed Generic Registries
We submit the following letter of petition opposed to closed generic word tld registries followed by comments by some of the signers. The petition is located at: online at: http://www.change.org/petitions/icann-stop-corporate-takeover-of-new-internet-names Dear ICANN, I strongly urge ICANN to reject New Top Level Domain applications for words that represent a broad market sector or have broad use and meaning, and that for which the applicant has no trademark rights and is proposing a closed registry business model. I do so for the following reasons: 1.Closed generic word registries defeat the mission and purpose of ICANN, The New gTLD Program and are not consistent with the Affirmation of Commitments with the U.S. Dept of Commerce. 2.Closed broad market generic registries are harmful to the public interest in that they will restrict freedom of expression, innovation, opportunity and will result in unfair competition in the market sectors represented by the TLD. The purpose of the New gTLD Program as stated on the ICANN New gTLD site, "is to promote competition in the domain name market.". Two of ICANN's Core Values: "[f]. Introduce and promote competition in the registration of domain names where practicable and beneficial. [g]. Where feasible, depend on market mechanisms to promote and sustain a competitive environment." From the Affirmation of Committments: "3. This document affirms key commitments by DOC and ICANN, including commitments to: (a) ensure that decisions made related to the global technical coordination of the DNS are made in the public interest and are accountable and transparent; (b) preserve the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS; (c) promote competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice in the DNS marketplace; . ." The ICANN New gTLD Program was initiated to bring much needed competition to the end user domain name marketplace. Closed generic word registries defeat these purposes and are harmful to the public interest. By their definition, closed registries do not add supply and choice to the end user market for domain names. They will exert no pressure on pricing in the domain name marketplace. There is great potential for public harm in the form of restricting freedom of expression and innovation as well as unfair competition in industries represented by a TLD. In a world where the right of the dot helps users to identify relevant content on the web; where short descriptive domain names using a generic address ending could be available, there will be no equal substitute to .APP for an app developer or promoter. There will be no equal substitute to .SALON for a brick and mortar salon business. The same will be true for each industry or topic related to every generic word top level domain. .MUSIC domain names should be available for anyone involved in the music industry, or simply lovers of music to use as an address on the world wide web. No single company or organization should be sole arbiter of all possible uses of domain names under the .music TLD. The same is true for all topical category generic word top level domains. For non-latin character sets in languages such as Chinese and Japanese, closed registries for .クラウド (.CLOUD), .ストア (.STORE) .セール (.SALE), .ファッション (.FASHION), .家電 (.ELECTRONICS), .書籍 (.BOOK), .通販 (.MailOrder), .食品 (.FOOD) will place entire cultural identities at risk. There will be loss of opportunity for people and business in that native language to express, pursue and flourish in top level namespaces designed for them. This should not be allowed. New Top Level Domains for generic words that define broad markets or topics, and have many possible uses and applications such as .app, .blog, .music, .shop, .ファッション, .食品 and others should be open for registration and use by the broad public, not controlled and exploited by one organization exclusively. I urge you to disqualify and reject all TLD applications that seek to close generic word registries to public use. Signed, Petition Organizer, Tom Gilles NewgTLDsite.com The Following are comments submitted by signers of the petition: Jim Foust EASTON, PA The internet must be kept free and neutral for everyone and for business of ALL sizes. . . While I'm not opposed to tld's of a registered trademark like ".amazon" or ".google"... I object and am strongly opposed to the anti-competitive monopolization of generic or generally non-trademarkable tld's such as .music .art .hair .gifts or .groceries .etc . I find such requests and their allowance to be anti-competitive and completely unacceptable. bren hammel AUSTRALIA it completely unethical and directly affects my business and more importantly my clients. Damian Fletcher ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA I would like to preserve open generic internet namespaces for individuals and small business. Shaun le Cornu AUSTRALIA because it is important that the internet of all things remains a place wher eit is possible for humanity to be free to express itself, regardless of social etiquette, regardless of peer pressure or religious beliefs. The internet represents humanity in all its colours, in all its flavours and is and always should be a palce for freedom and variety. If not for this then there is nothing, nothing but conformity and rigidity. Please, please see into the future, your lives, our lives and the lives of your childeren and their's. We need to maintain the penness if for no other reason than to know that we are human, that we are not perfect and that we need to learn from our mistakes in order to survive and prosper as an entity in this world and any other world that we happen to live in. Now is the time to make a stand and to see the bigger picture. Keith Vans DONCASTER, UNITED KINGDOM Because no company should have all the rights to generally available items Rich Russell MANSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM The internet should be for people, not corporations. Charles Duke BRADFORD, PA Closing generic word gTLD's is anti-competitive and contrary to the basic principals that ICANN is supposed to adhere to, as well as being oxymoronic. Generic name and closed registry? Is this a return to the Soviet Union style of operating? Sherman Williams Williams MONTGOMERY, AL I believe in a free internet Dave Tyrer AUSTRALIA ICANN's claim "ICANN developed the New generic Top-Level Domain Program to increase competition and choice by introducing new gTLDs into the Internet’s addressing system" is completely contradicted by Amazon applications such as: ".STORE will be a single entity registry, with all domains registered to Amazon for use in pursuit of Amazon’s business goals. There will be no re-sellers in .STORE and there will be no market in .STORE domains. Amazon will strictly control the use of .STORE domains." A total contradiction. Richard Lanoszka VICTORIA, CANADA ICANN is a corrupt nonprofit organization making shady deals with domain registrars. Gready corporate organizations attempt to make quick profits and should be prevented from doing this damage to the Internet. kosuru pavan INDIA monopoly is bad for anything Krishna Nalamothu INDIA No Company should have absolute control over generic names. They may keep good names for their company needs. William von Hagen VERONA, PA This makes the web more confusing, and even more of a commercial playground than it already is. diane desena WALNUT CREEK, CA My organization is involved in the ICANN project. Rami Schwartz MEXICO Harms Competition and Expression shaul jolles KANSAS CITY, MO You can't get a trademark on the word food. Why should you be able to exclusively use .food? You shouldn't.