Debate Continues Over New gTLDs
When ICANN first announced its plans to release new generic top level domains (gTLDs), and the process by which they would do so, they sparked a debate that has only intensified as those plans were solidified and the time for their implementation draws near. Skeptics worry about the potential legal and financial ramifications of opening the flood gates for top level domains that could include brand names, company names, trademarks, and the like, and proponents celebrate the vast expansion of available domains that will likely result.
Computerworld.com published today an article by Deanna Conn and Victoria E. Tandy, of law firm Quarles & Brady LLP on the topic. It is a succinct and informative overview of the process and pros and cons of the release of new gTLDs, and should help people who haven’t been following the story get caught up. To paraphrase from their synopsis, the general pros and cons are as follow:
It will be interesting to see how this development plays out. Many companies, and even some government institutions, are already exploring the potential possibilities of unique gTLDs (New York City is an example), and 101domain is looking forward to the increase in variety and availability of unique domain names which may have been impossible to get before because of squatters and the like. We will continue to keep you updated as news and developments occur, so keep up with the blog and our newsletter!