Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cat Lovers Rejoice! New TLD .CAT Approved (in 2005) - Who Knew?

By Zak Muscovitch. When I saw that a domain name dispute had been filed with WIPO for, I thought maybe the .CAT was a typo. 

With all the daily announcements about  new GTLD's  these days, one could be forgiven for incorrectly believing that ICANNN had perhaps made an announcement that we all missed. In reality however, this TLD was approved in 2005 and there have been a handful of domain name disputes already:

WIPO Case NumberDomain name(s)ComplainantRespondentDecision
D2013-0860nespresso.catSociété des Produits Nestlé S.A.Case active
D2010-2202bellaterra.catEntidad Municipal Descentralizada de BellaterraFrancesc Pérez Torres (SROW - 1385681)Complaint denied
D2007-1196caixalaietana.catCaixa D'Estalvis LaietanaVictor Manuel Pendas SuarezTransfer
D2007-1119marieclaire.catMARIE CLAIRE ALBUMNarcis Subils PagesTransfer
D2007-0784bmw.catBayerische Motoren Werke AGCarlos Requena AlgarraTransfer
Col.legi Oficial d’Enginyers Industrials de CatalunyaCol.legi Oficial d’Enginyers en Informàtica de Catalunya (COEIC)Complaint deni
  • There are apparently some registration requirements for this TLD, such as these ones according to Wikipedia:

  • already have content in Catalan published online.
  • have access to a special code (sometimes called ENS), issued during special promotions or by agreements with certain institutions.
  • develop activities (in any language) to promote the Catalan culture and language.
  • are endorsed by 3 people or 1 institution already using a .cat domain name.

But as Wikipedia points out, it has also been used for some "cat hacks" such as,, and

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