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Old 3rd April 2011, 04:12 PM
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Re: Greece’s request for .ελ turned down

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Originally Posted by bramiozo View Post
Verisign wouldn't have to choose if it owned both brands and simply accepted the similarity.
Unfortunately, that's not the case for the first gTLD round. The visual-similarity test will be carried out by an independent committee, and two strings that are considered to be confusingly visually similar will be lumped into a single "contention set". Only one string in the contention set will be allowed into the root. So Verisign will have to choose one. Verisign won't be allowed to simply accept the similarity.

Last summer, Chuck Gomes tried to introduce the concept of "non-detrimental similarity", which would have allowed Verisign to waive the visual similarity test in these cases, but the ICANN board turned this idea down, for the first round anyway.

I believe that .com will eventually be implemented in all scripts, but in some cases this will have to wait until later rounds, after ICANN modifies the rules.

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