GAC backs move by groups to get names added to reserved names lists for new TLDs. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) continues to pester ICANN about giving it special privileges for new top level domain names, and now the American Red Cross is adding its name to the hat as well. IOC’s outside counsel for intellectual property met with ICANN representatives during the ICANN meeting in San Francisco earlier this year, a letter just published on ICANN’s web site reveals. The letter, with some sort of confidential information apparently redacted, states that ICANN was willing to entertain special restrictions on registering olympic-related domain names if IOC provided more details on its existing international protection. Separately, American Red Cross sent a letter on April 5 requesting protection for it and similar groups at both the top level and second level of domain names
The International Olympic Committee appears to think it has the rights to all sport, given a recent letter to ICANN that raises concerns on the .SPORT gTLD proposal in particular, and new gTLDs in general.
Physicians.com changes hands for $250,000. Plus, hot water continues to rise around ICANN’s plan to flood the Internet with an unlimited number of new extensions. The International Olympic Committee tells ICANN they may sue for damages & public commentary indicates an Internet community backlash is brewing.