The State of Nevada joined the state of Delaware asking ICANN to protect new gTLDs with company endings .inc, .lIc, .corp and .lIp. The free and unregulated issuance of names using these extensions is a concern of the state of Nevada because of possible confusion or deception caused by entities that are not properly registered in its office.
The State of Nevada is asking ICANN to craft restrictions and policies to protect Nevada and U.S. entities, but also the consumers utilizing the associated web sites.
One thing the the State of Nevada is forgetting is that a lot of countries around the world are using inc, lIc, corp and lIp to describe their companies. ICANN is not there just to protect US companies and consumers but all countries.
Here is the complete letter:
RE: Restricted Use of Domains using .inc, .lIc, .corp and .lIp
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN;
My office is responsible for processing the organizational, amendatory and annual filings for Nevada corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and other statutory business entities. These entities do business as Nevada entities not only in Nevada, but throughout the U.S. and around the world. My office is the second most popular business entity filing jurisdiction in the country, behind Delaware.
Fraudulent use of corporate entities, business identity theft and consumer protection are of growing concern to me, as is the potential of abuse by those offering online services. The free and unregulated issuance of names using these extensions is also a concern because of possible confusion or deception caused by entities that are not properly registered in my office.
It is my understanding that DOT Registry, LLC has applied to you for the use of the domain names with these extensions. I believe that restrictions and policies must be crafted not only to protect Nevada and U.S. entities, but also the consumers utilizing the associated web sites. I also understand that DOT Registry, LLC’s application may include provisions protecting entities on file with my office, other Secretaries of State and state filing offices. Regardless of the applicant, such restrictions and protections must be in place.
I remain available if! can be of further assistance.
ROSS MILLER Secretary of State