Closed Generic gTLDs
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 20 7421 4640 www.booksellers.org.uk<http://www.booksellers.org.uk> The Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland Ltd is a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in England & Wales Registration No. 3849680 - VAT No. GB 744 0368 40 Promoting supply chain efficiency www.bic.org.uk<http://www.bic.org.uk/> - www.batch.co.uk<http://www.batch.co.uk> Follow the BA on Facebook www.facebook.com/thebooksellersassociation<http://www.facebook.com/thebooksellersassociation> Follow the BA on Twitter www.twitter.com/BAbooksellers<http://www.twitter.com/BAbooksellers> Disclaimer This email, and any attachment, is confidential. If you have received it in error, please delete it from your system; do not disclose the information in any way and notify the Booksellers Association immediately. The contents of this message may contain personal views which are not the views of the Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland Ltd, unless specifically stated. P Help save paper - do you need to print this email?