ICANN is again broadening opportunities to create new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including  sponsored top-level domains (sTLDs). The policy liberalizes the process for creation of new gTLDs. This brings about support and concern for an unlimited number of gTLDs and potential URLs.

The potential exists for copyright, trademark, and service mark infringements. Companies seeking to protect trademarks and service marks might find it necessary to register a far greater range of new domains.

For libraries, it may be time to consider an sTLD. With the evolution of TLD syntax, a .library might work, but who would manage it? This is a potential can of worms situation. Thoughts?

We found this interesting topic on Information Today in their article, “New Domain Name Rules and Perhaps Dot-Lib for Libraries—Redux.”

Melody K. Smith

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