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Introduced 2009
TLD type Proposed generic top-level domain
Status Pending
Sponsor None
Intended use e-commerce
Actual use Pending
Registration restrictions Pending
Structure Registrations at second level permitted
Documents ICANN registry agreement
Dispute policies UDRP - Pending

.shop is a proposed top-level domain (TLD) for the Internet, submitted to ICANN for approval as a sponsored TLD (sTLD). Nine companies including Google, Amazon and Famous Four Media have filed applications for this TLD.


The idea of a .shop generic top-level domain was around since at least 1999, when an attempt to register it with IAHC was made.[1] Its proposed usage is similar to current endeavors: to provide a dedicated space for ecommerce on the Internet. In 2000, Commercial Connect, LLC requested to operate a .shop registry from ICANN .[2]

Commercial Connect's application from 2000 was well-received, but other domains were prioritized.[3][4] It is still considered by ICANN to be pending.[5] Japan's [9][10]

When the next application process was opened in early 2012, Commercial Connect founder Jeffrey Smith described his .shop as a "hybrid between general public and specific use" designed to make a "more secure, stable, and intuitive" Internet.[4] He sees the domain as a way to easily indicate sites that use online sales, with the application supported by a community defined by entities that use credit card transactions to sell products.[11]

As of May 2012, nine applicants including Google, Amazon and Famous Four Media have applied to ICANN to operate the .shop registry. Commercial Connect is the only current applicant who also applied for the .shop string in ICANN's year 2000 new-TLD round.[2][12] Applications were also received for the extensions .shopping, .store, .buy, and names with similar meanings in non-Latin languages, and ICANN indicated that they would not create extensions that will confuse users.[11] This so-called "string similarity" is an unresolved issue in the new gTLD process,[13] and is to complement dispute resolution.[14][15]


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External links

  • .shop on ICANNWiki
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