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Release of Country and Territory Names within the .PIONEER, .FUJITSU, .OBI, .SHARP, .TOYOTA, and .LEXUS TLDs

8 May 2017

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Open Date: 8 May 2017 Close Date: 20 June 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
  • Top-Level Domains
  • Second-Level Domains
  • Contracted Party Agreements
  • Security/Stability
Brief Overview:

Five (5) Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) requests were submitted by the registry operators listed below to allow the release of country and territory names for the below TLDs. In total, the requests concern six (6) new gTLDs.

Proposal TLD Registry Name Documents
2017008 .PIONEER Pioneer Corporation Pioneer Corporation Requested 03 March 2017
2017007 .FUJITSU Fujitsu Limited Fujitsu Limited Requested 03 March 2017
2017004 .OBI OBI Group Holding SE & Co. KGaA OBI Group Holding SE & Co. KgaA Requested 17 February 2017
2016022 .SHARP Sharp Corporation Sharp Corporation Requested 29 April 2016

Currently, the .PIONEER, .FUJITSU, .OBI, .SHARP, .TOYOTA, and .LEXUS Registry Agreements require country and territory names contained in specific internationally recognized lists to be withheld from registration or allocated to the registry operator at all levels.

As required by the RSEP, ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination on whether these RSEP proposals might raise significant competition, security or stability issues. ICANN's preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any such issues.

Following ICANN's preliminary determination that the proposals do not raise significant competition, security or stability issues, it was further determined that the change would require a material change to the respective Registry Agreements and that an amendment is needed in order to effect the change.

The proposed amendments, which are being posted for comment, would allow the registration of country and territory names at all levels in .PIONEER, .FUJITSU, .OBI, .SHARP, .TOYOTA, and .LEXUS. It should be noted that Specification 13 has been granted for .PIONEER on 16 July 2015, .FUJITSU on 30 July 2015, .OBI on 25 September 2014, .SHARP on 03 September 2015, and .TOYOTA and .LEXUS on 23 April 2015.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ctn-release-tlds-2017-05-08-en