I just read on thedomains.com at how Donuts, a new gTLD registry, announced today to all registrants that have registered second level “eco” new gTLD domain names that the domains are in the process of getting deleted. The registrants include Page Howe, Mark Hershiser and Mike Berkens.
This happens because Donuts made a mistake and didn’t stop registrations with the keyword “eco” that was on ICANN’s reserved list. “ECO” is the acronym of the Economic Cooperation Organization that is an intergovernmental organization. ICANN has reserved all names and acronyms of intergovernmental organizations.
Donuts has so far released 38 new gTLD strings and “eco” was registered in 26 of them. There were 12 new gTLD strings that didn’t have the term “eco” registered. Mike Berkens’s eco.domains was deleted straight away as it was within the first 5 days of the registration. I am not sure if the domains eco.cab and eco.limo were registered.
Donuts says that they are refunding all registrants but I guess there will be some angry domainers and end users coming their way.
Here are the 26 domain names that are being deleted:
eco.careers (Page Howe)
eco.diamonds (Innovation HQ, Inc.)
eco.directory (Page Howe)
eco.domains (Worldwide Media, Inc.)
eco.shoes (Marketta Pty Ltd)
eco.today (Mark Hershiser)
eco.ventures (Page Howe)