Geographic Names Review

  • Tata ponders “buy a school” strategy to release .tata from limbo

    … Tata Group is reportedly considering buying a school for the Moroccan province of Tata in order to unlock the .tata gTLD. The huge Indian conglomerate has been prevented from acquiring its own dot-brand because it matches the name of the tiny region, which is as protected geographic string under ICANN rules. Without the express permission…

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  • Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

    … with Morocco is to blame. While Tata Group is a 150-year-old, $100 billion-a-year company, Tata is also a province of Morocco with a population of about 120,000. Under the rules of the ICANN new gTLD program, the string “tata” is therefore a protected geographic name, for which the applicant needs to show the unequivocal support or non-objection…

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  • Africa hands coffin nails to DotConnectAfrica evaluators

    …, proclaiming the process corrupt, and ZACR won. The new letters are relevant because DCA is currently being evaluated for the second time by ICANN’s independent Geographic Names Panel, which has to decide whether DCA has the support of 60% of African governments. ZACR passed its GNP review largely due to a letter of support from the AUC. If DCA…

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