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ICANN 41 Report: The Course is Set for New gTLD Implementation

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Now that the New gTLD Program has been approved, and the Applicant Guidebook is pretty much in its final condition, ICANN can begin working on the implementation of the New gTLD program and its collective parts. Some issues currently on the radar are:

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ICANN 41 Report: ICANN Votes to Expand TLD Space

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It has been over a week since ICANN 41 kicked off in Singapore and the ICANN Board approved the New gTLD program. Of course, the big news is the approval of the New gTLD program, so we’ll start there.

Just before Monday’s approval of the New gTLD program, the ICANN Board and the Governmental Advisory Committee had a chance for one last meeting to discuss open issues regarding the program. The meeting focused on GACs comments on the current version of the Applicant Guidebook, which were submitted on May 27th, and a letter, which was sent to the board a day prior to the meeting.
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A Look Inside the Unofficial Final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook

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The seventh version of the New gTLD Guidebook was released yesterday afternoon (5/31 JST) and is set to go in front of the ICANN board for consideration on June 20th.

The guidebook was released with a caveat that some of the proposed details remain open for consultation and revision.  According to the statement released with the guidebook, the Board and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) have scheduled a meeting on the 19th of June for further discussion.
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ICANN Responds to .Brand Issues

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The summary and analysis for comments on the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook was made available earlier today.

Several well-known brands such as IBM, Adobe Systems, AT&T, Lego, Microsoft and Verizon commented on the most recent version of the Applicant Guidebook.  Most of these comments focused on the Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) for trademark holders as well as special requirements required to run a .brand registry. Continue Reading →

ICANN Releases Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook

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ICANN has published the Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook over this past weekend.  According to the schedule posted by ICANN on a few weeks ago (October 30th, 2010 JST) the newest version of the Guidebook was only a few days behind a very tight schedule.

In order to jump back on track, ICANN has shortened the Public Comment Period to less than 30 days to enable the board to evaluate any issues before it votes to approve the Applicant Guidebook at the upcoming board meeting on December 10th in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia.  Community members wishing to comment on the document have until 12:00 PM UTC on December 10th.
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