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Afilias to extend abuse policy to .pro

Kevin Murphy, July 26, 2012, 11:16:32 (UTC), Domain Registries

Six months after acquiring RegistryPro, Afilias wants approval to extend its existing anti-abuse policy into the .pro gTLD.

The company has filed a Registry Services Evaluation Process request with ICANN for its Anti-Abuse Policy, which is apparently much the same as the one in place at .info for the last four years.

The policy would formally allow Afilias to take down .pro sites in cases of phishing, malware and other types of broadly condemned network abuse. It doesn’t appear to cover wedge issues such as cybersquatting.

Earlier this year, a DI PRO survey found that .pro was, by a large margin, the gTLD with the most instances of apparent cybersquatting among the world’s top 100 brands.

However, .pro has never been particularly known as a haven for other types of abusive practice, possibly due to the verification loops registrants need to jump through to get their domains resolving.

I understand that cleaning up and reinvigorating .pro’s image has been put firmly on the Afilias agenda in recent months. It’s a great string, and I reckon it could do well with the proper marketing.

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Comments (1)

  1. I’m thinking that if .pro built itself to 1/2 million registrants it would have more of an equal level of cybersquatting that other extensions have. Also, up till know I think businesses haven’t really recognized how beneficial the powerful marketing message would be for this extension. You guys should at least forward domainincite.pro and I checked the whois and cool to see that you own it! I’m adding domainincite to my list of regularly read websites.

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