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|type =[[gTLD|GenericOpen]]
|category = [[:Category:Food & Drink New gTLDs|Food & Drink]]
| website = [http://mmx.co mmx.co]
'''.vodka''' is a proposed [[TLD]] in [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program]]. It is one of 68 applications that [[Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd.]] has filed for on its own behalf.<ref>[http://www.tldh.org/2012/06/gtld-application-update-92-applications-submitted/ gTLD Application Update 92 applications submitted, TLDH.org]</ref> [[Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd.]] is the only applicant for .vodka. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] on 31 March 2014.<ref name="delegation">[http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings Delegated Strings, ICANN.org] Retrieved 15 April 2014</ref>
 
==Intended Users==
.vodka is a new generic top-level domain targeted to vodka brands and products, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and alcohol bloggers worldwide.
 
==Delegation Status==
.vodka was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] of the [[DNS]] on 31 March, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.<ref name="delegation"></ref>
 
==Notable Users==
==Objection==
Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) filed an objection against the TLD, on the grounds that it could glamourise the consumption of alcohol.<ref>[http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19259422 Saudi Arabia opposes .gay internet domain name, bbc.com]</ref>
===Independent Objector===
The [[Independent Objector]] is responsible for determining if a new gTLD application is in the best interest of the Internet community. If not, he or she will file formal objections against a new gTLD application. [[Alain Pellet]], a law professor from the University of Paris and a former member of the United Nations International Law Commission and International Court of Justice, was chosen by ICANN to serve as the sole independent objector for the [[New gTLD Program]] in May, 2012. <ref>[http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-14may12-en.htm Independent Objector for New gTLD Program Selected]. ICANN. Published 2012 May 14.</ref> The position was created by ICANN in accordance with the implementation of the [[New gTLD Program]]. As defined, the IO may be an individual or organization and must not be affiliated with any applicant and must carry out their responsibility without bias.<ref>[http://domainincite.com/wanted-somebody-to-object-to-new-gtlds/ Wanted: somebody to object to new gTLDs]. Domain Incite. Published 2011 November 23. Retrieved 2012 November 15.</ref>
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==Registration Policies==
"We specifically examined more restrictive registration policies, such as limiting registration to members of organizations with a specific tie to vodka. We rejected such limitations because they would interfere with .VODKA’s primary mission, purpose and goals--which is to encourage as many registrants as possible to associate themselves with vodka for any legal purpose. Factors that we took into account when considering a more restrictive registration policy included:
==Contract Signed==
On 19 December 2013 [[Top Level Domain Holdings]] received a [[Registry Agreement]] signed by [[ICANN]] for .vodka after passing all the required processes needed to become a [[Registry Operator]] for the string.<ref>[http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries-date Registry Agreements, ICANN.org] Retrieved 30 Dec 2013</ref>
 
==Delegation and Availability==
.vodka was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] of the [[DNS]] on 31 March, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.<ref name="delegation"></ref>
==References==
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