We have discussed before the new ICANN Top Level Domain scheme, whereby the initial regimen of .com, .net, .edu, etc. could be supplemented by any word to which an approved registrar gets the rights. We joked that we were going to apply for the .law domain. We came up a little short on our aluminum can drive to get the $185,000 necessary for the application but obviously someone is reading our blog because ICANN released a list of the applications today and six entities have applied for the .law domain name. If that wasn't enough, there were two applications for .lawyer, two for .legal, one for .esq, one for .attorney and one for .abogado.
A review of the proposed strings probably provides a commentary on contemporary society, but you can make that evaluation. The following are some of the applications and the number of applicants for such strings:
- 13 applications for .app
- 1 application for .bible, but none for .koran, although there is 1 for .catholic and 1 for .islam
- The applications are as divided as the country with 1 application for .democrat and 1 for .republican
- In the organized entity arena, there were 10 applications for .inc, 9 for .llc, 4 for .llp, 4 for .gmhd and 7 for .ltd
- There were 6 applications for .tech, 7 for .web and 7 for .cloud
- On the family front there were 3 applications for .mom and only 1 for .dad. That sounds about right.
- For all the adults, there was 1 application for .porn (there already is a .xxx domain), 2 for .sex and 1 for .sexy
- There was 1 application for .gay and no applications for .straight
- There were numerous applications by corporations for the corporate extension, like .canon, .dell, .firestone and .csc
- And in the "I've got $185,000, I don't need right now" category, there was 1 application for .wtf and 1 for .unicorn.
There now follows a 60 day comment period and a 7 month window for filing an objection to any application. Anyone want to oppose .cialis? You can only do that after 4 hours.