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The .scot web address has been approved by ICANN, giving Scotland a gTLD - generic Top Level Domain.

First proposed in 2005, it now looks like the .scot will be live in the summer of 2014.

Although not a ccTLD (Country code TLD) such as .uk or .eu, the .scot gTLD will of course be identified with Scotland.

The campaign for a .scot domain was launched by the Dot Scot Registry and has been a long process. In 2009 the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to support the application and in March 2012 the UK government also formally supported it.

As part of the application to ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), details must be given on how domains are issued under .scot. According to the submission:

Registrations under the .scot TLD are restricted to bona-fide members of the Scottish community, and subject to the further requirement that the registrant̢۪s actions in the .scot TLD community, as well as the registrant̢۪s use of the registered domain name, must be:

  • generally accepted as legitimate; and
  • beneficial to the cause and the values of the Scottish community; and
  • commensurate with the role and importance of the registered domain name; and
  • in good faith at the time of registration and thereafter.

It will be interesting to see how the theory of 'bona-fide' is applied in practice.

Pricing and availability plans are yet to be announced.

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