|Registry Provider:||Demand Media|
|PIC Submitted:||Download Here|
|Priority #:||1247 - Donuts (Outer Falls, LLC)|
|Parked Domain %:||44.89 %|
|Delegation:||14 January 2014|
|General Availability:||30 April 2014|
.zone is an active gTLD that was proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The Registry and manager of the TLD is Donuts (Outer Falls, LLC). The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 14 January, 2014.
Many of Donuts' applications, including this one, seem to have been applied for using the same boiler-plate application in which the TLD is defined as a means of providing greater expression on the Internet and will be an open TLD without pre-registration policies. It notes its plans to adhere with all registration policies required by ICANN and its intent to have remediation and takedown policies clearly defined to fit within these requirements. Pre-registration verification will not be used and this as defined as causing "cause more harm than benefit by denying domain access to legitimate registrants." They intend to control abuse through "extensive user and rights protections."
An official Legal Rights Objection was filed by AutoZone Parts, Inc., against the applicant Donuts.
A Legal Rights Objection, as defined by the ICANN approved mediator, WIPO, is when, "third parties may file a formal objection to an application on several grounds, including, for trademark owners and Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) [..] When such an objection is filed, an independent panel (comprised of one or three experts) will determine whether the applicant’s potential use of the applied-for gTLD would be likely to infringe [..] the objector’s existing trademark, or IGO name or acronym."
The objection was later withdrawn.
On 14 November 2013, Donuts received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .zone after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.
Delegation and Availability
.zone was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on January 14, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.
- ↑ Reveal Day 13 June 2012 – New gTLD Applied-For Strings
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Delegated Strings, ICANN.org Retrieved 17 Jan 2014
- ↑ ApplicationDetails, gTLDresult.ICANN.orgRetrieved 12 Dec 2012
- ↑ LRO Cases, WIPO.int
- ↑ LRO, WIPO.int Retrieved 25 March 2013
- ↑ Registry Agreements, ICANN.org Retrieved 15 Nov 2013