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#1 cynic

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:25 AM

Who should own a .kosher tld, and should there even be a .kosher tld?

 

That is the question that pits the OK against 5 major kashrus companies.

I am wondering why the OK wants to spend over $200K for this.

 

http://www.bloomberg...her-battle.html



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:38 AM

The whole thing is ridiculous.  No one owns that word, and anyone that wants to use it on the internet should be allowed.  There are more important things to squabble about.

 

This did make me think of a side question though.  For those ultra super duper top secret classified so orthodox jews they spit on the name orthodox as beneath them, who subscribe to the chumra a week calendar and refuse to go near the internet for fear it will give them aveirah cooties, do those people eat products from the OU and OK and Star-K and other certifications which have a presence on the internet, and which therefore must make their certified products as kosher as a bacon wrapped cheeseburger with lobster bisque on the side?


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:40 AM

"Products that are certified kosher include breakfast cereals like Kellogg Co. (K)'s Rice Krispies as well as traditional Jewish food like matzo."

 

And like a million other things.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 03:01 PM

Why do 5 or 6 Kashrus orgs need a whole tld? Do we really need .kosher? Should we have .bris .sukkos .filthymenstruant etc. ???

 

And what happens when Triangle-K tries to get in. or Israel Steinberg?


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 10:41 AM

Plus it's too long for a tld. The urls will look so ugly. .ks or something would've been better.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:29 AM

Who should own a .kosher tld, and should there even be a .kosher tld?

 

That is the question that pits the OK against 5 major kashrus companies.

I am wondering why the OK wants to spend over $200K for this.

 

http://www.bloomberg...her-battle.html

"Five organizations have banded together to oppose the sole applicant for dot-kosher, Kosher Marketing Assets, saying it seeks to profit from a sacred tradition that shouldn’t be over-commercialized."

 

That's ironic, given the hand those five organizations have in commercializing the kosher food industry.



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:31 AM

It's not the first time they ganged up on the OK.


Why do 5 or 6 Kashrus orgs need a whole tld? Do we really need .kosher? Should we have .bris .sukkos .filthymenstruant etc. ???

 

And what happens when Triangle-K tries to get in. or Israel Steinberg?

It's not for the kashrus orgs, it's for comanies. Say you want a kosher sandwich, you can just go to www.koshersandwich.kosher and the site will come up. They think they will get Coke, and Kellog's to sign up for domains.



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:33 AM

why's that worse than kosher.com as a domain name?



#9 cynic

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 10:09 AM

Because .kosher would be regulated by the fake ok company. The big five are saying that a .kosher tld is not needed.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

Because .kosher would be regulated by the fake ok company. The big five are saying that a .kosher tld is not needed.

 

It doesn't sound like they are asking to regulate the word, just to use it.  There is nothing stopping the big five from also applying to use the .kosher for their websites.  What is so horrible about people using the word kosher on the internet?  Do you really think that is going to fool anyone into thinking something is kosher when it isn't, anymore than what would already occur now?


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 12:55 PM

They would regulate it. They would be the ones approving or denying a request for a .kosher tld.



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:43 PM

They would regulate it. They would be the ones approving or denying a request for a .kosher tld.

 

From the article it didn't sound like that is what they were requesting.


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:51 PM

Because .kosher would be regulated by the fake ok company. The big five are saying that a .kosher tld is not needed.

but so what. i don't get how one company controlling multiple sites all ending in .kosher is so different than companies with different addresses like kosher.com or kashruth.ca, or whatever it is.

 

so it's not needed. don't use it. but why prevent some company from using that address.


it's not like every certifying agency and kashrut related website would have to use .kosher, is it?



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:00 PM

No, but it could cause consumer confusion should I decide to look for something kosher in a country I'm not familiar with and go to www.canada.kosher only to find out that the OK didn't give that to the local BAYT chesed committee who has a list of kosher places but instead gave it to a Chabad shaliach in Edmonton.

 

Honestly, I don't care, I think it's silly to waste $200,000 on this and like the "Big 5" are saying it's unnecessary.

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“We were concerned by the language in the application,” which stated that a single agency would have the right to grant use of the kosher domain name, Avrom Pollak, the president of Star-K and also a rabbi, said in an interview.



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:03 PM

local BAYT chesed committee
 

yeah, YOU try getting on their A-list



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:27 PM

 

 

Well, he tried:

 

OK’s Levy says he invited the groups to join his organization in overseeing the dot-kosher domain name.

“They weren’t interested,” Levy said. “They don’t have to become our partners, but they can’t now complain we’re trying to brazenly control dot-kosher.”

 


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