Today, June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN) published the list of applicants and proposed new
top-level domains (TLDs) tied to its program to radically expand
the domain name system (DNS). Click
here to access the list (in the form of an Excel
A TLD is the string of letters to the right of the last
"dot" in an internet address, e.g., .com, .org,
or .net. Today, there are 22 TLDs. ICANN's announcement may
result in thousands of new TLDs to compete with the current 22.
Examples may include .home, .food, and .mail.
This program has come under considerable criticism. See www.crido.org.
Despite the concerns expressed by many brands and marketers, ICANN
is proceeding with plans that may result in new domains as early as
the first quarter of 2013.
We have formed a Global Task Force to work with clients facing
decisions in this potentially changing Internet ecosystem and will
provide a more detailed review and webinar shortly.
Should you have any questions, please contact any one of our
Global Task Force members.
This article is presented for informational purposes only
and is not intended to constitute legal advice.
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