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Final gTLD Applicant Guidebook expected this week

Kevin Murphy, July 25, 2011, 12:37:06 (UTC), Domain Policy

It’s been over a month since ICANN approved its new top-level domains program, but we still don’t have a final-final version of the Applicant Guidebook.

The resolution approving the program ICANN passed in Singapore called for a number of amendments to be made to the 352-page tome.

The current draft was published May 30, and so far ICANN has not said when the next version – likely to be the version used in the first round of applications – will be released.

I inquired, and now word has come from on high that ICANN’s new gTLD team hopes to have the English version of the new Guidebook published by the end of July – this coming weekend.

The Singapore resolution called for changes to the government Early Warning and Advice processes, added protection for Olympic and Red Cross trademarks, and a modification of the Uniform Rapid Suspension cybersquatting policy.

One has to wonder if the changes outlined in the resolution are the only changes that we’ll see – a month seems like a long time to make just a few fairly minor edits.

The resolution said the board “authorizes staff to make further updates and changes to the Applicant Guidebook as necessary and appropriate”.

The first round of new gTLD applications is set to open January 12.

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Comments (3)

  1. Tom G says:

    Wonder if there will be any changes to the Vertical Integration rules.

  2. Anirudh says:

    Vertical integration should be left alone. At least my reading of the resolutions is that the change in stance is only for existing registries.

    However, ICANN reserves the right to take suo moto action by referring an application to competition authorities, if deemed necessary.

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