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[registrars] Fw: [council] GAC and country name reservations

fellow registrars
we need to develop some input here very quickly.. (i.e. prior to the ) 10th of october.
it is essential that you consider the "ramifications" of this proposed action, and most importantly the implied "extension" and broadening of this authority.
my feeling is that the GAC members may very well put an inordinate amount of pressure on WIPO to extent the UDRP to cover these specific circumstances whcih they view as "intrusions"  on the rights of countries and their respective sub-divisions.
this logic could easily be extended to challenging domain names that have any subdivision string in the name such as "chicagohotels.***" or "californialiving.***" or "swisscheese.***"
this could get very "scarry" to say the least
i look forward to your input ...
ken stubbs
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2001 10:56 AM
Subject: [council] GAC and country name reservations

In a communiqué made by the Government Advisory Council at its Montevideo meeting http://www.icann.org/committees/gac/communique-09sep01.htm "the GAC recommends that the names of countries and distinct economies, particularly those contained in the ISO 3166-1 standard, as applied by ICANN in identifying ccTLDs, should be reserved by the .info Registry, (or if registered in the Sunrise Period challenged by the Registry and, if successful, then reserved) in Latin characters in their official language(s) and in English and assigned to the corresponding governments and public authorities, at their request, for use. These names in other IDN character sets should be reserved in the same way as soon as they become available"

In the same communiqué the GAC further "draws the attention of ICANN and the Registries to the fact that a large number of other names, including administrative sub-divisions of countries and distinct economies as recognised in international fora, may give rise to contested registrations. Accordingly the GAC recommends that Registrars and eventual Registrants should be made aware of this".


I believe that the NC should issue a statement about this and ask you to consult in your constituencies rapidly. I currently propose that we could consider:

- urging caution on the GAC in taking this step,

- point out that dot info is but the start of a TLD expansion and something much more interesting for countries could be possible

- propose that WIPO is the best place for discussion on geographical names.


Comments please.


NC Chair


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