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{{TLD| |logo = |status = Delegated |manager = |country = |language = |translation = |registryprovider = |registrations = |date = 02 May 2015 |type = [[gTLD|Generic]] |category = [[:Category:Industry New gTLDs|Industry]] |community = |priority = |keypeople = }} '''.cars''' is a [[gTLD]] delegated in [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program]]. After a private auction in October 2014, Uniregistry became the only applicant for the string. The company manages the TLD and is its [[Registry]]. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] on 02 May, 2015.[http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings Delegated String, ICANN.org] Retrieved 05 May 2015 ==Current Applicant== # [[Uniregistry]], Corp.- a new company established by [[Frank Schilling]], a well-known [[domainer]]. The company filed applications for 54 new gTLDs. [http://www.domainnamenews.com/new-gtlds/uniregistry-corp-applies-for-54-new-top-level-domains-store-news-deal-auto/11584 Uniregistry Corp. applies for 54 new top-level domains...] ==Previous Applicants== # [[Donuts]] (Koko Castle, LLC), a start-up registry operator backed by large investors which has applied for 307 new gTLDs.[http://www.domainnamenews.com/new-gtlds/donuts-inc-eye-popping-list-of-307-new-top-level-domains/11730 Donuts Inc eye popping list of 307 new top-level domains] This applicant submitted a [[PIC|Public Interest Commitment]], which can be downloaded [https://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/854 here]. # [[DERCars, LLC]]- the contact person for the company is [[Guy R. Friddell III]]. ===DERCars, LLC=== [[DERCars, LLC]]'s application was issued a [[GAC]] Early Warning from the representative of Australia and GAC Chair, [[Heather Dryden]]. The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the [[ICANN Board]] that a given TLD application should be denied as it stands. Applicants are encouraged to work with objecting GAC members.[http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/gac-early-warning GAC Early Warning, NewgTLDS.ICANN.org] Retrieved 25 Nov 2012 The warning states that the applicant is "seeking exclusive access to a common generic string .. that relates to a broad market sector," which Ms. Dryden notes could have unintended consequences and a negative impact on competition.[https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/22938690/Cars-AU-45636.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1353390072000 Cars AU, GACweb.ICANN.org] ==String Confusion Objection== [[Google]] filed separate [[String Confusion Objection]]s against all three applicants of .cars, stating that the string was confusingly similar to [[Google]]'s application for [[.car]]. On 7 August 2013 the [[ICDR]] decided one of three objections submitted against .cars, ruling in favor of the applicant, [[Donuts]]. The [[ICANN]] community initially saw this ruling as setting a precedent that plural-word strings are not confusingly similar to their singular forms.[http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130814_panels_rule_no_confusion_between_singular_and_plural_tlds/ Panels Rule No Confusion between singular and plural TLDs, Circle ID] Retrieved 25 Sept 2013 However, later rulings, such as [[Donuts]]' application for [[.pets]], showed that no such precedent had been set. This created some controversy within the community. On August 27, 2013, the [[Google]] objection to the [[DERCars, LLC]] application was decided, with [[Google]] winning and the objection prevailing. It would be the only determination of the 3 objections that Google won, as the objection against [[Uniregistry]] failed on October 10, 2013.[http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/odr/determination Objection Determinations, ICANN.org] Retrieved 07 Nov 2013 This ruling meant that DERcars' application for .cars would be in the same contention set as Google's application for .car. Given that [[Donuts]] and [[Uniregistry]] also applied for .cars (and Google's objections to their applications were overruled), an arguable inconsistency had arisen.[http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/09/uh-oh-icann-will-be-forced-to-act-after-conflicting-cars-decisions/ ICANN to be forced to act after conflicting cars decisions] Domainnamewire, retrieved December 3rd 2014. On February 12th 2014, ICANN announced that DERCars and United TLD (Rightside), which lost String Confusion Objection rulings for their .cars and .cam applications respectively, would have the right to appeal the 'inconsistent' rulings against them, and that they were the only parties with the right to do so.[http://domainincite.com/15797-icann-reveals-gtld-objections-appeals-process ICANN reveals appeals process for gTLD objections] Domainincite, retrieved 3rd December 2014. ==Private Auction== A [[private auction]] in October 2014 was won by Uniregistry, which gives the company rights to the string over the other applicants. The two other applicants will withdraw their applications and share the winning bid in return.[http://domainincite.com/17491-uniregistry-wins-cars-gtld Uniregistry Wins .cars gTLD] ''DomainIncite'' by Kevin Murphy; Retrieved 8 Oct 2014 ==References== {{reflist}} [[Category:TLD]] [[Category:Industry New gTLDs|cars]]

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