Wednesday, March 30, 2011

.IDEA Top-Level Domain ? Bad idea.

Since the Icann draft applicant guidebook became a sort of bible, I tend to read it and read it again.

Yesterday, taking a look at the “Legal Rights Objection” (3.2.2.2) I read : “An intergovernmental organization (IGO) is eligible to file a legal rights objection if it meets the criteria for registration of a .INT domain name”.

Taking a look at registered .INT domain names, I found basel.int. The know .BASEL TLD project listed on Registries.tel could have the “Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal” to object its application on the legal right objection ground.

It is possible some brands will apply for a 3 or 4 characters’ string. Prior to doing this I would check carefully .INT domain names before doing so. Some ways to do this :

Check WIKIPEDIA’s list of organizations with .INT domain names;
Use Google’s advanced search within “a domain” with nothing in the search’s field;
Enter your string and add .int in any browser.

Nb : “IDEA” stands for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (web site).
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