Geographic Indicators

  • Donuts makes private deal with wine-makers

    … Donuts inked a private side-deal with wine-making regions in order to launch the .wine and .vin new gTLDs The company signed both Registry Agreements with ICANN late last week, after the wine regions and the European Union stopped complaining. The EU and regions had filed Cooperative Engagement Process objections with ICANN, saying that Donuts…

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  • .wine no longer blocked after EU drops complaint

    … Donuts and ICANN are currently in the process of signing new gTLD agreements for .wine and .vin, after the European Union and wine sellers dropped objections. As of today, both gTLDs are “In Contracting” rather than “On Hold”, according to ICANN’s web site. ICANN revealed earlier this week that the European Union and various wine trade…

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  • Donuts wins .wine auction

    … yet been withdrawn, presumably because the whole contention set has been placed “On Hold” by ICANN pending talks about the protection of wine-making region names. As we reported yesterday, ICANN seems to be currently acting as a middleman between Donuts, European governments and wine-makers that want so-called “geographic indicators” specially…

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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

    … US Representative Anna Eshoo has written to ICANN’s top brass to express “deep concerns” about the .wine and .vin new gTLDs and urge that they be permanently killed off. In a letter (pdf) to CEO Fadi Chehade, Eshoo wrote: it’s my understanding that the .wine and .vin gTLDs have been met with fierce opposition from the wine industry, both here…

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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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