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.gal (Galician pronunciation: [ˈpunto ˈɡal]) is a GeoTLD intended to highlight the Galician people, Galician language, and Galician culture. It was approved on 14 June 2013 by ICANN, and the first 93 domains went online on July 25, 2014.The initiative was backed by more than 13,700 people and 110 institutions in Galicia, including relevant agencies of culture such as the Royal Galician Academy, the Galician Culture Council, and the three Galician universities. Asociación PuntoGal is committed to establishing a foundation to reinvest the money in projects that promote Galician language and culture in the field of new technologies.
{{TLD| |logo = Gal.JPG‎ |status = Delegated |manager = Asociación PuntoGal |country = Spain |language = Galician Language |translation = |stringcontention = No |registryprovider = [[CORE]] |registrations = |date = |type = [[Community TLD]] |category = [[:Category:Culture New gTLDs|Culture]] |community = |priority = 742 - [[Asociación puntoGAL]] |keypeople = }} '''.gal''' is a proposed top level domain name ([[TLD]]) for the Galician language and culture by [[Asociación puntoGAL]] to [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program]]. As registry operator for the TLD, the organization aims to establish an online space and promote an online identity for the Galician people and to be able to share their culture and language globally. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] on 11 April 2014.[http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings Delegated Strings, ICANN.org] Retrieved 15 April 2014 The application for the .gal TLD is supported by more than 13,000 individuals and numerous organizations.[[Manuel González]] is the President of the organization.[http://www.puntogal.org/actualidade/nova.php?id=452&lg=ing The Galician Language will participate in the call for new internet domains] It can be seen as building upon the success of [[.cat]] as an extension for the Catalan community, which was introduced in 2005. It is being applied for by [[The Asociación puntoGAL]]; members of the association include the most authoritative Galician language authority, The Real Academia Galega (RAG). Registrants will be required tos tate their intended use for the domain; a false statement is grounds for removal of the domain and of future participation in the community TLD.Application 1-1278-425 ==Application Details== The folllowing is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18: "Registrations under the .gal TLD are restricted to bona-fide members of the Galician linguistic and cultural community, and subject to the further requirement that the registrant’s actions in the .gal TLD community, as well as the registrant’s use of the registered domain name, must be: (i) generally accepted as legitimate; and (ii) beneficial to the cause and the values of the Galician linguistic and cultural community; and (iii) commensurate with the role and importance of the registered domain name; and (iv) in good faith at the time of registration and thereafter. The registration policies are differentiated between Pre-launch phase, Launch phase and General Availability. At General Availability, community nexus is subject to post-validation by way of an extensive compliance program based on the same criteria that form the basis of the TLD: language and culture. The ongoing compliance program will regularly be adapted to current needs based on experience and audit findings. Community nexus validation combined with strong protection of trademarks helps stamp out cybersquatting and abusive registrations."[http://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/1074 Application Download, gTLDresult.ICANN.org] Retrieved 19 Feb 2013 ==Contract Signed== On 07 November 2013, [[Asociación puntoGAL]] received a [[Registry Agreement]] signed by [[ICANN]] for .gal after passing all the required processes needed to become a [[Registry Operator]] for the string.[http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries Registry Agreements, ICANN.org] Retrieved 08 Nov 2013 ==Delegation and Availability== .gal was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] of the [[DNS]] on 11 April, 2014, completing the successful application for the string. ==References== {{reflist}} [[Category:TLD]] [[Category:Culture New gTLDs|gal]] [[Category:TLDs with Registry Agreements|gal]] __NOTOC__

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Registrar Details

GAL Domain Name
Asociaci?n puntoGAL
Tabernas, 11
A Coru?a, Galicia 15701
Registry Website