June 17, 2016
Amongst new gTLDs, the .BIBLE is one of a kind. It is indeed subject to a very specific dispute policy ruled by peculiar rules.
One of those requires panelists who agree to hear cases to affirm that they “enthusiastically support he mission of the American Bible Society" and that they believe that “the Bible is the word of God which brings salvation through Christ”.
In a post on the Gigalaw blog, attorney Doug Isenberg asks “why only those with specific religious beliefs should be qualified to determine whether a domain name registrant has satisfied the registry’s eligibility criteria ?”.
Restricting registrations to a certain groups or communities does not raise any concern. The new gTLD program is designed to allow for different business models and TLDs serving particular niches or needs. However, the oath of the panelists appears somehow partial.
It has been rumored that the IPC might formally raise this issue, if that is God’s will…
To be followed.