November 09, 2016
As the transition of the IANA functions to the international community has now been enacted, the internal debates at ICANN have shifted to strengthening, or even remodeling, the current policies.
During the last ICANN meeting held in Hyderabad, certain GAC members -Governmental Advisory Committee, which allows national governments to advise on ICANN matters – have expressed their wish to grant a higher degree of protection to geographic names in the new top-level domains.
In the first round of applications for new gTLDs, applications identical to geographical ISO codes were automatically rejected if the relevant governments did not expressly agree to the applications. Equally, applications for new “city” TLDs such as .PARIS or .LONDON required the support of the national authorities.
However, some geographic names were not protected during the first round. In particular, the .AMAZON which corresponds to the name of the industry giant and makes reference to the Amazonian forest, was largely debated but the name was not protected in itself.
As the government body of ICANN, the GAC now legitimately wishes to have the power to compile a list geographical names to be protected in the future, and in particular during the second round of applications for new gTLDs.
Remains to be defined the criteria to be used for this list which, for now, is still vague.
The new geographic gTLDs are amongst the most popular, this should be confirmed during the second phase of applications for new gTLDs. IP Twins can assist you during the whole application process and up to the availability of your TLD.
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