15 August 2016

Afilias Challenges New gTLD WEB Auction Results in Letter to ICANN

UPDATE: 9 September 2016: 2nd Letter from Scott Hemphill (Afilias) to Akram Atallah (ICANN) (pdf) [published by ICANN 20 September 2016] Hemphill is VP & General Counsel of Afilias.

UPDATE: It is now confirmed that Afilias was the 2nd highest bidder for new gTLD .WEB, not Google, as an earlier report had indicated. Therefore Afilias is arguing below that it is entitled to .WEB for a price in the range of $57.5 - $71.9 million dollars (US) based on the bidding sheet.

Registry operator Afilias, losing bidder for new gTLD .WEB, has now objected to Nu Dot Co LLC winning new gTLD .WEB in a "last resort" auction utilizing funding provided by Verisign, see New gTLD dot WEB 'Last Resort' ICANN Auction: and the Winner Is? | DomainMondo.com.

In a letter dated August 8, 2016, but not  published by ICANN until Friday, August 12, 2016, Afilias Vice President and General Counsel M. Scott Hemphill sets forth the position of Afilias, and requests ICANN undertake an investigation and disqualify Nu Dot Co and refrain from proceeding to enter into a registry agreement for .WEB:

Afilias letter to ICANN (pdf) embed below:


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