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.WHO Top-Level Domain Could Be a Bad Idea

Jean Guillon

Yesterday, taking a look at the "Legal Rights Objection" (3.1.2.2) I read : "An intergovernmental organization (IGO) is eligible to file a legal rights objection if it meets the criteria for registration of a .INT domain name".

Taking a look at registered .INT domain names, I found Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. The know .BASEL Top-Level Domain (TLD) project listed on Registries.tel could have the "Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal" to object its application on the legal right objection ground.

It is possible some brands will apply for a 3 or 4 characters' string. Prior to doing this I would check carefully .INT domain names before doing so. Some ways to do this:

  • Check WIKIPEDIA's list of organizations with .INT domain names;
  • Use Google's advanced search within "a domain" with nothing in the search's field;
  • Enter your string and add .int in any browser.

Nb: "WHO" stands for the World Healt Organization (World Health Organization).

By Jean Guillon, New gTLDs "only".
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IP idiocy Daniel R. Tobias  –  Apr 06, 2011 3:07 AM PST

It would be ludicrous to grant an agency absolute monopoly rights over a common English word like "who" just because it happens to be their acronym.  If a proposed use doesn't relate to health, they shouldn't have any kind of veto power over it.

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