1529 - Afilias
|Parked Domain %:||67.51 %|
|Delegation:||26 July 2015|
|General Availability:||23 February 2016|
String Confusion Objection
Google submitted a String Confusion Objection to the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (a division of the AAA) on March 13, 2013, asserting that .pet and .pets are confusingly similar. .pets' only applicant is Donuts, but a ruling by Richard Page of the ICDR that agrees with objection may put Donuts into the same contention set with current .pet applicants Google and Afilias. This ruling came as a surprise as similar String Confusion Objections for .hotel vs. .hotels and .car vs. .cars did not find the plural form of the strings to be confusingly similar. A second panelist agreed with Google's objection in a report published on September 19, 2013.
On the 8th December 2014, it was reported that Afilias had won the right to run .pet after Google withdrew its application for .pet and Donuts withdrew its bid for pets. This was the first time a private auction had been used to settle a new GTLD contention set containing two different strings.
- Delegated String, ICANN.org Retrieved 30 Jul 2015
- Pet Status, ICANN.org
- <.pets> v <.pet>, Domain Incite. Retrieved 20 August 2013
- Google beats Donuts in Objection, Domain Incite. Retrieved 20 August 2013
- Pets Domain Name Objection, Domain Wire Retrieved 19 Sept 2013
- Domainincite, private auction settles controversial plural GTLD fight Retrieved 8th December 2014