The European Commission sent today a letter to all applicants of the new gTLD program of ICANN and ICANN’s members. For the sake of clarity, the Commission does not consider itself legally bound by the processes, including means of recourse, outlined in the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook and/or adopted by ICANN, unless a legal agreement between the latter and the Commission exists.
The letter also explicitly states that the warnings are definitely not official Early Warnings — meaning applicants on the list won’t even qualify for the extra refund if they drop out.
The text said governments are of course free to do whatever they want in their own jurisdictions…
Europe at last takes defending its citizens, or is it copping out?