.baby

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Status: Delegated
Registry: Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
Registry Backend: Neustar
Type: Generic
Category: Lifestyle
nTLDStats
Registrations: 63
Parked Domains: 57
Parked Domain %: 90.48 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 09 April 2016
General Availability: 12 April 2017

More Information: NTLDStatsLogo.png

.baby is a gTLD delegated to the Root Zone in ICANN's New gTLD Program on 8 April 2016. [1]

Current Applicants

The applicants for the .baby domain name string include: [2]

  1. Radix (DotBaby Inc.), one of 31 applications submitted by the company [3]
  2. Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd., it is one of 68 applications that the company has filed for on its own behalf.[4] This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  3. Donuts (Auburn Beach, LLC) represented by Daniel Schindler, EVP of Donuts, a start-up company that filed for 307 new gTLD applications. [5] This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  4. Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.), Sarah Falvey, Google's Senior Policy Analyst, is listed as contact person for the company.
  5. Johnson & Johnson, the company is represented by Joshua Bourne, Managing Partner of FairWinds Partners, a domain name consultancy firm.
  6. Famous Four Media (Compact Registry Limited), a registry service provider based in Gibraltar with 61 new gTLD applications. [6]

Radix

Radix received a GAC Early Warning as an entire applicant, where each one of the applicants was flagged by the U.S. Government. This seems to be the only time a portfolio applicant had all of their applications warned. The issue does not deal with the technical capabilities or thematic content of their applications, but rather the inclusion of an email address associated with the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation. It seems that Radix included correspondence with this address as a recommendation with each of their applications.[7]

Objection

Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) filed an objection against the TLD, on the grounds that it might also be used by pornographic sites.[8]

European Commission Communiqué

The European Commission flagged all .baby applications outside ICANN's defined remediation processes.

Just after ICANN's GAC issued its Early Warnings, which are advice given from one GAC member country to an applicant warning it of potential issues within its application, the European Commission issued a letter to all applicants within the new gTLD program. The letter highlights 58 applications that "could raise issues of compatibility with the existing legislation .. and/or with policy positions and objectives of the European Union." It notes a desire to open a dialogue with each offending applicant.

The Commission specifically notes that this objection is not a part of the GAC Early Warning process, and goes on to note that "the Commission does not consider itself legally bound to [ICANN] processes," given that there is not legal agreement between the two bodies.[9][10]

References

  1. Delegated Strings
  2. Reveal Day 13 June 2012 – New gTLD Applied-For Strings
  3. RadixRegistry.com
  4. gTLD Application Update 92 applications submitted, TLDH.org
  5. Donuts raises $100 million, applies for 307 new TLDs
  6. Famous Four Media Applies For 61 Generic TLDs
  7. RadixReg. GACweb.ICANN.org Retrieved 27 Nov 2012
  8. Saudi Arabia opposes .gay internet domain name, bbc.com
  9. DomainIncite.com/Docs Published 27 Nov 2012, Retrieved 11 Dec 2012
  10. Europe Rejects ICANNs Authority As it Warns of Problems with 58 New gTLDs, DomainIncite.com Published 27 Nov 2012, Retrieved 11 Dec 2012