Home / Blogs

Wine Applications: Results of the New gTLD Prioritization Draw

Jean Guillon

There are 4 applications related to the wine business in the new gTLD program. Yesterday the new gTLD prioritization draw took place where each application was assigned a randomly-drawn priority number. These priority numbers are used to determine the order in which initial evaluation results are released.

In the 1917 applications, 4 applications are related to wine:

1 .VIN from "Holly Shadow, LLC" came out first on position 618;
2 .WINE application number 1 from "June Station LLC" came out in second place, on position 917;
3 .WINE application number 2 from "dot Wine Limited" came out third place, on position 1158;
4 .WINE application number 3 from "Afilias Limited" came out fourth place, on position 1291.

Unless I am wrong, I believe .VIN domain names could see the day before .WINE unless the .VIN application is blocked because of the GAC Early Warning or an Objection(s). It is possible the Independent Objector acts too.

Even if I completely disagree with ICANN regarding how similar applications in different languages are considered, another good thing for the .VIN application is that — and this is a paradox — ICANN seems to consider that .VIN has nothing to do with .WINE. Writing the famous New gTLD Applicant Guidebook, no one has imagined a Top-Level Domain could mean the exact same thing in another language and raise the exact same problems when it addresses to a specific industry.

Also, the Applicant Guidebook does not consider that a specific industry targeted by a domain name extension should be consulted: wine institutions where never asked this simple question: "what do you think about creating domain name extensions for the wine business?". ICANN considers it is the role of the one who pays to offer domain name registration rules, not the industry targeted to write them and ensure consumers will be protected: the Registrants (basically: you).

A good solution offered by ICANN was to apply as a "Community project" and have the extension endorsed by a representative of a Community...but unfortunately:

- Few knew;
- Few paid interest;
- No one in the wine industry had the money to invest in these expensive new gTLDs;
- Those who knew:
1 ...you will read the end of this sentence in my memories;
2 ...you will read the end of this sentence in my memories;
3 ...you will read the end of this sentence in my memories.

So according to ICANN and since .VIN has absolutely nothing to do with .WINE, these 2 applications will probably be treated separately and one will see the day before the other!

There are 3 .WINE applications in competition and it is possible they go to auction unless 2 of the 3 applicants drop theirs and/or have objections. Here too, it is possible the Independent Objector decides to act.

What is important here is that all .WINE applications are linked in the validation process and one of them is in position 1291 on a list of 1917 when .VIN is in position 618. The application for .VIN will be treated first.

Good luck then to all applicants.

By Jean Guillon, New generic Top-Level Domain specialist. More blog posts from Jean Guillon can also be read here.

Related topics: ICANN, Top-Level Domains

WEEKLY WRAP — Get CircleID's Weekly Summary Report by Email:

Comments

To post comments, please login or create an account.

Related Blogs

Related News

Topics

Industry Updates – Sponsored Posts

PIR Releases Report Detailing Steady Growth of .org Domain in 2014

.film to Provide New Home Online for the Film Industry

.VOTE Solves Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz's Domain Name Problem

.green Now in General Availability

ICANN's Registry Audits Begin Next Week. Are You Prepared?

Sunrise Period Begins for .NGO and .ONG

.study & .courses to Launch with Support of ARI Registry Services

We Know This .Sucks

ARI Registry Services Expands Middle East & Africa Operations

Radix Assumes Full Ownership of .online

IBCA Presentation to ICANN GAC on Protection of Geographic Names in New gTLDs

NSW Government Launches .sydney Domain

New .VOTE and .VOTO Domains Now Available

.LGBT Public Launch Begins Today

.POKER Domain Sunrise Period Begins

New .VOTE and .VOTO Domains Sunrise Period Begins

New .LGBT Domain Sunrise Period Begins

Season's Greetings - 2014 End of Year Message from DotConnectAfrica

Minds + Machines in 2014 and 2015

New .VOTE and .VOTO Domains Launched

Sponsored Topics

dotMobi

Mobile

Sponsored by
dotMobi
Verisign

Security

Sponsored by
Verisign
Minds + Machines

Top-Level Domains

Sponsored by
Minds + Machines
Afilias

DNS Security

Sponsored by
Afilias