Geographic Indicators

  • Donuts makes private deal with wine-makers

    … should be forced to protect “geographic indicators” such as Napa Valley and Champagne. CEPs are often precursors to Independent Review Process complaints, but both were dropped after Donuts came to a private deal. “The CEP filed by the Wine Regions was withdrawn because we came to a satisfactory private arrangement with the Registry concerned…

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  • .wine no longer blocked after EU drops complaint

    … to ongoing arguments about the protection of “geographic indicators” representing wine-making regions. Governments, particularly in Europe and Latin America, had protested that .wine and .vin should not be allowed to launch until areas such as Rioja and Champagne were given special privileges. Last October, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade told the French…

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  • Donuts wins .wine auction

    … protected. A letter (pdf) from ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade to the French government indicated that ICANN expects to make GIs protected, contractually, with the successful .wine and .vin applicants (now, it seems, Donuts). Domains such as larioja.wine and bordeaux.vin seem set to enjoy some form of protection, reserved for use by eligible parties only…

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  • .wine applicants changing tune on geo protection?

    … Aggressive lobbying of ICANN by the wine-making industries on both sides of the Atlantic may be about to bear fruit. Applicants for .wine and .vin are talking to the organization about providing special protection for a list of “geographic indicator” terms, according to CEO Fadi Chehade. In a letter to French secretary of state for digital…

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  • Democrat congressman sides with France on .wine

    … in the US and around the world. Given these concerns, coupled with the complexities of reaching agreement on Geographic Indications (GIs), I urge you to advocate for the .wine and .vin gTLDs to be permanently withdrawn from consideration. Eshoo, a Democrat, is breaking rank with the official position of the Obama administration on this, which…

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  • France slams ICANN after GAC rejects special treatment for .wine

    … France says that “ICANN is no longer the appropriate forum to discuss Internet governance” after it failed to win support from other governments for special protections in .wine and .vin gTLDs. The government came to ICANN 50 in London this week apparently determined to secure a Governmental Advisory Committee consensus that .wine should have…

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