CentralNic took possession of Verisign’s role in the back-end contract for the prospective .art gTLD.
According to CentralNic, UK Creative Ideas nominated the company as its ““exclusive registry service provider”. UK Creative Ideas is the one who purchased .art at a private auction a year ago.
Apparently UK Creative Ideas is not the first client CentralNic has stolen away from Verisign. Its initial .art application appointed Verisign as its back-end.
Another case involves .theatre, .security and .protection domains from Symantec. After XYZ.com acquired them, they were shifted from Verisgn to its .xyz provider CentralNic.
Due to this change, it made XYZ and CentralNic earn a contract interference lawsuit, established by XYZ in May.
It seems that a litigation was not enough to calm down the waters.
CentralNic disclosed recently that .art domains are settled to launch throughout the next twelve months.
UK Creative Ideas estimated to have between 25,000 and 80,000 registrations for the first year. It may prove to be an optimistic figure, despite the UKCI’ s vision of a restricted gTLD. This type of gTLDs don’t tend to do vast volumes. By now the largest restricted new gTLD is .nyc, counting approximately 75,000 domain names in its area.
As it says in the UK Creative Ideas’ applicatio each .art registrants must prove some kind of bond to the art world.
“This includes artists, owners and keepers of works of art, commercial art organisations (such as galleries and auction and trading houses), not-for-profit organisations (such as museums, foundations, and professional associations), supporting businesses (such as insurance, appraisal, transport) and customers and members of the general public interested in art.”
It is not known how this will be implemented in practice due to the fact that at some extent everyone can be an artist.
UK Creative Ideas is founded in the Isle of Man, probably from tax reasons, and supported by Russian venture capitalists.