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 “The CEP filed by the Wine Regions was withdrawn because we came to a satisfactory private arrangement with the Registry concerned…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

    … yet been withdrawn, presumably because the whole contention set has been placed “On Hold” by ICANN pending talks about the protection of wine-making region names.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

    … 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agreement on Geographic Indications (GIs), I urge you to advocate for the .wine and .vin gTLDs to be permanently withdrawn from consideration.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

    … protection for geographic indicators. GIs are protected geographic terms such as “Champagne”, “Parma” and “Cheddar” that link a product to the region in which it is traditionally produced. France has a lot of wine-related GIs. But the GAC — as I think everyone, including France, expected — failed to come to an agreement. The GAC’s London…

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