Nobody can make a website with the address grannysmith.apple — why? Because a company that makes computers says so. Simply absurd.
@rlamacraft No one can make a website with the address grannysmith.swiley.net. Why? Because that's how namespaces work.
@Parienve Why? That's not related.
Anyone can apply for gtlds: https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/global-support/faqs/faqs-en
Sorry, I more meant that defending Apple's monopoly on .apple even when the use doesn't infringe on their trademark would be akin to letting Microsoft have .net, since they have a trademark on .NET
Also, the application costs around $200k, so that's far from realistic for the vast majority of people.
@freemo it’s not, I was just looking at Apple’s IP webpage and saw that they own the .apple TLD, and became reminded how much power big tech has. Like, this goes way beyond traditional trademark law…
@rlamacraft What does it have to do with trademarks? apple owns the TLD, not because they own the trademark "apple" but because they applied for it witht he ICANN. If you have issue with the handling of TLDs in general the issue is more with ICANN than apple or trademarks.
@Parienve How would you have done it differently?
Stick with .com,.net, and cctlds?
Make registration in the root namespace cheap like it is for .com? (who picks the rules then? With the gtlds you get to choose registries.)
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