.kosher Web domain awarded to U.S. certification company
Five competitors of the Brooklyn-based OK Kosher claim the company will use domain as unfair competitive advantage
A Brooklyn-based kosher certification agency, OK Kosher Certification, has won a battle to become the first domain name with the suffix ".kosher," the Jewish Journal reported.
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, began accepting applications last year for new domain names, like .health.
OK Kosher, which has certified over 500,000 products and offices throughout the world, fought off its biggest competitors - the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, STAR-K Kosher Certification Inc. (STAR-K), Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc), Kosher Supervision Service Inc. (KOF-K) and the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) – to get awarded the right to manage .kosher. The subsidiary of OK Kosher, Kosher Marketing Assets, got the domain on January 14.
Competitors claim OK Kosher would use the domain to attain an unfair competitive advantage in the kosher certification business, but the International Chamber of Commerce rejected their objection.
OK Kosher's head of public relations, Rabbi Chaim Fogelman, told the Jewish Journal that the company is not yet sure what it will do with the new domain, but it will be in line with their mission of "kosher without compromise."