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Status: Proposed
Registry: Corn Lake, LLC
Registry Backend: Donuts
Type: Generic
Category: Commerce
Priority #: 1107 - Donuts (Corn Lake, LLC)
1312 - Famous Four Media (Spring Registry Limited)

.charity is a new generic top level domain name (gTLD) applied for in ICANN's New gTLD Program.

Current Applicants

  1. Famous Four Media (Spring Registry Limited), a company based in Gibraltar represented by Geir Rasmussen, it has applied for 61 new gTLDs. [1] This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.

Previous Applicants

  1. Donuts (Corn Lake, LLC), a start-up registry operator that applied for 307 new gTLDs, each via a different LLC.[2] This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.

IO Objection

ICANN's Independent Objector (IO) filed a Community Objection against both applications for the .charity string. The IO is an appointed authority on international law whose role is to object to strings on the grounds of Community harm and Limited Public Interest were detailed in the applicant guidebook. His objections are official objections and are funded by ICANN, though his office is otherwise independent. Reasons for the specific case against .charity were not initially given, but the community objection generally argues that the TLD faces opposition or is contrary to a significant portion of a community which it purportedly aims to serve. The IO must determine: That the community is a clearly delineated community; that there is a strong association between the community and the string applied for; there is a strong association between the segment of the community on whose half we objects and the string itself; and he must determine that the TLD would produce a significant material detriment to this sizable portion of the community.[3]

Famous Four Media submitted an additional PIC that would restrict registrations of the .charity string to charities, and this became consequential in the eventual Objection decision. In January 2014, an [ICC]] panelist determined that the objection would be sustained in the case of Donuts' application, killing off their application, but not in the case of Famous Four Media. This cleared the way for Famous Four to administer .charity without having to resolve a contention set.[4]

He also objected to the Chinese IDN version that translates as "charity", .慈善, which was submitted by Zodiac.

GAC Early Warning

Both applicants for .charity were issued a GAC Early Warning from the representative of Australia and GAC Chair, Heather Dryden. The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the ICANN Board that a given TLD application should be denied as it stands. Applicants are encouraged to work with objecting GAC members.[5] The .charity warnings note that the TLD refers to a regulated market sector but notes there are not sufficient protection mechanisms designed to prevent consumer harm.[6]