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Old 21st June 2012, 03:58 PM
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Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

A Verisign spokesman just provided answers to new gTLD questions. Key responses were:

1. The Hebrew new gTLD application was an error and a correction is being discussed with ICANN.

2. Verisign has not ruled out challenging other applications that may be similar to .COM (such as CINIC's application).

Full Q&A below:

http://idnblog.com/2012/06/21/exclus...sign-verisign/
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Old 21st June 2012, 04:33 PM
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

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http://idnblog.com/2012/06/21/exclus...sign-verisign/

Q: If Verisign obtains the transliterations of .COM that it applied for, how will they be handled? Would priority be given to current IDN.com owners to unlock IDN.com-in-IDN as was previously reported?

A: It would be premature to discuss our plans surrounding the new gTLDs and IDNs we applied for. We will discuss future plans for the TLDs once applications are approved.
Thanks Sprewellpj for your hard work on getting the raised question answered. As for the quoted question above, I am surprised why is it premature for Verisign to confirm that the translits of .com will be given to the current IDN.com owners? Afterall, Verisign mentioned in their applications to ICANN that the IDN.IDNs applied for in various languages are for the benefit of current registrants in being able to use complete IDNs in the associated languages. The application below is for Thai but similar verbage exists for other languages as well:


18(a). Describe the mission/purpose of your proposed gTLD.

1 MISSION AND PURPOSE OF PROPOSED GTLDThe primary mission of the THAI_TRANSLITERATION_OF_.COM gTLD is to improve the user experience by offering a fully internationalized domain name (IDN) that includes a transliteration of .com. This gTLD is intended to serve users whose primary language is Thai. For the first time in the history of the Domain Name System (DNS), internationalized generic top-level domains (gTLDs) create the capability for speakers of non-Latin-based languages to access the DNS entirely in their native script. Offering THAI_TRANSLITERATION_OF_.COM represents a critical step toward implementing that functionality. Verisign’s vision is to improve usability of domain names for users of major scripts around the world. Registrants and Internet users will be able to use their native script, if desired, to take advantage of their domain name’s functionality, ubiquity, and stability.

18(b). How proposed gTLD will benefit registrants, Internet users, and others

2 BENEFIT TO REGISTRANTS, INTERNET USERS, AND OTHERS

As of this writing, more than 800,000 internationalized second-level domain names are registered in .com, including approximately 20,000 in Thai. The THAI_TRANSLITERATION_OF_.COM gTLD, along with the other proposed IDN transliterations of .com, provide an immediate benefit to registrants of those names by giving them the opportunity to register IDN second-level domain names as “IDN.IDN” domain names. That is, registrants can use their preferred script in both the second-level domain name and the gTLD name. Doing so improves these domain names’ functionality and accessibility to speakers of non-Latin-based languages.
We anticipate that the availability of the THAI_TRANSLITERATION_OF_.COM will greatly increase the appeal and value of internationalized addresses in Thailand. Expanding the accessibility and functionality of these domain names to users worldwide is the primary benefit of all internationalized transliterations of .com.Finally, we anticipate that THAI_TRANSLITERATION_OF_.COM will increase choice and competition in Thailand and elsewhere by giving local users the option of registering their domain name with an established, trusted gTLD in their own language. Potential registrants in Thailand currently have limited choices if they want to register an IDN.IDN domain name in a gTLD that is recognized across Thai-speaking regions. The THAI_TRANSLITERATION_OF_.COM gTLD creates an attractive new option for these users. More specifically, the THAI_TRANSLITERATION_OF_.COM gTLD benefits the following groups:Registrants: As discussed above, current .com registrants with second-level .com IDNs in Thai can greatly expand the functionality and reach of their existing registered addresses by the availability of IDN.IDN domain names entirely in Thai script. In addition, new registrants, whether in Thailand or elsewhere, who seek entirely Thai addresses, have the option of registering their IDN.IDN domain names in a globally recognized domain. Internet Users: The THAI_TRANSLITERATION_OF_.COM gTLD significantly increases the ubiquity and functionality of .com for users around the world, particularly those in Thailand. For the first time, Thai speakers could access a transliteration of .com addresses entirely in their native script. Verisign is committed to ensuring that the domain name experience remains consistent to all users, in every major script, everywhere in the world. This commitment supports the vision of “One World. One Internet.” that infuses ICANN’s global efforts. "

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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

thanks for the application excerpt
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

well done Aaron
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

Thx, Aaron.

Premature? WTF? What was it when they discussed it before? Pre-premature?
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

Short but good set of questions with mostly evasive answers from the verisign spokesman.

Good to see they admited the hebrew "administrative error" other than that he isn't saying much.

The answer to the .net transliterations question however is a complete joke, i'm all for hindi but even i would like to see some of that "extensive research" that shows higher demand for a devanagari .net than say for instance russian or arabic.
Something else was part of the .net's equation applications no doubt, but they seem relutant to disclosure exactly what.

Good job from idnblog trying to get some answers.
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The answer to the .net transliterations question however is a complete joke, i'm all for hindi but even i would like to see some of that "extensive research" that shows higher demand for a devanagari .net than say for instance russian or arabic.
Something else was part of the .net's equation applications no doubt, but they seem relutant to disclosure exactly what.
I agree. The reasons probably were future potential for Devanagari, current registrations for Hangul and both for Chinese.

We know about the Problems with the Russian .net translit, but ignoring Arabic seems stupid to me. If they had done the "extensive research" they mentioned the surely would have found out that .net is more popular in Arabia than anywhere else.

In this context it will be interesting whether they object against Arabic .network. And if they do what are the chances like? The fact that they weren't interested in Arabic .net surely doesn't help.
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I agree. The reasons probably were future potential for Devanagari, current registrations for Hangul and both for Chinese.

We know about the Problems with the Russian .net translit, but ignoring Arabic seems stupid to me. If they had done the "extensive research" they mentioned the surely would have found out that .net is more popular in Arabia than anywhere else.

In this context it will be interesting whether they object against Arabic .network. And if they do what are the chances like? The fact that they weren't interested in Arabic .net surely doesn't help.
+1. And no interest in Japanese .net, very perplexing.

Given that Verisign is a company that primarily deals in gTLDs, you'd think they would have protected their international IP more vigorously, when you consider how aggressive other, non-TLD related, firms were (Amazon).
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

The perplexing thing is they wouldn't have need to do any "extensive research" to know which IDN TLD's were in demand - all they needed to do look at the error stats from their root server!

If they had done so, they'd have had arabic .net at the top of the .net list.
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

The other thing is that they probably could have made their money back straight away on Arabic and Japanese .nets from current registrants. It makes no commercial sense at all to have not applied for these.
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

You guys are taking too hard on the "spokesman". Clearly he didn't have a clue on the second question (how will they be handled) and responded evasively. It says a lot however on how the process is handled inside Verisign: not much organization. Also nothing new here, it is usual behavior for companies who live from rents, and in case of need for more cash, just have to raise the rents.
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

Dear Lord, I have found out WHY THEY DID APPLY FOR THE .NET IN Devanagari!!!

http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=.net

Someone please explain Verisign this is not .net the domain extension, but .net the Microsoft's software framework.
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

Ha ha ha. Maybe they made that mistake?

Not exercising they brand rights on .net when Microsoft started using is surely was.
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

what about the #1 language tag? Where is Afrikaans string and why wasn't it applied for!?
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Re: Exclusive Q&A with Verisign

"Domain Name Wire’s inquiry" Excuse me?! whose inquiry?

http://domainnamewire.com/2012/06/21...rew-idn-error/
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Verisign is aware of the administrative error that resulted in the inclusion of a variant character in the Verisign Sàrl application for the Hebrew transliteration of .com and is working with ICANN to address the error.

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