11|15|2010 11:29 am EDT
The newest proposed and supposedly final version of the ICANN new TLD applicant guidebook brought some unexpected changes and questions such as the sudden dropping of the requirements of registry/registrar separation.
As pointed out by industry watchdog George Kirikos on the ICANN forum the changes in the new gTLD guidebook block any entity from applying for a new TLD that has lost more than three UDRP proceedings. The arbitrary rules seems to have been added in order to block specific applications, especially from domain investors who have been target of UDRP proceedings. Unfortunately the decisions in these proceedings have been less than impartial in the past.
Interestingly enough it seems that the changes to the new TLD application could for example bar registrars GoDaddy (through their subsidary “Standard Tactics LLC”) and eNom/Demand Media from applying for new TLDs, as they have lost more than 3 UDRPs in the preceding four years.
As pointed out by The Domains, this change also affects the registrar Tucows, which has lost more than three UDRPs.