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Olympics and Red Cross Push for Special Rights with New TLDs

May 13, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, international olympic committee, Policy & Law, red crossComments Off on Olympics and Red Cross Push for Special Rights with New TLDs

GAC backs move by groups to get names added to reserved names lists for new TLDs.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) continues to pester ICANN about giving it special privileges for new top level domain names, and now the American Red Cross is adding its name to the hat as well.

IOC’s outside counsel for intellectual property met with ICANN representatives during the ICANN meeting in San Francisco earlier this year, a letter just published on ICANN’s web site reveals. The letter, with some sort of confidential information apparently redacted, states that ICANN was willing to entertain special restrictions on registering olympic-related domain names if IOC provided more details on its existing international protection.

Separately, American Red Cross sent a letter on April 5 requesting protection for it and similar groups at both the top level and second level of domain names. The Red Cross followed up on May 10 with another letter.

None of these letters were published on ICANN’s web site until the Governmental Advisory Committee sent a letter to ICANN yesterday stating “The GAC advises the ICANN Board to approve these requests and to direct staff to reflect the Board’s approval in the May 30, 2011 version of the Applicant Guidebook.”


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Olympics Threaten to Sue ICANN. Who Missed the Meeting?

November 29, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, international olympic committee, Policy & LawComments Off on Olympics Threaten to Sue ICANN. Who Missed the Meeting?

Olympics say they’ll sue ICANN, but they were supposed to meet with ICANN earlier this year to hash our their differences.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has again informed ICANN that it will file a lawsuit if its trademarks are not added to a restrictions list for new domain names and if other protections aren’t instituted.

Back in April 2009 the IOC first threatened to sue ICANN over the introduction of new top level domain names. In March of this year it requested a special meeting with ICANN to discuss the issue. At the time I wrote:

Get in line, guys. Just about every Fortune 500 has trademarks “protected around the world in many different ways”. ICANN should politely decline this meeting and invite IOC to attend the next ICANN meeting in Brussels.

To my great surprise, ICANN responded and invited (pdf) the IOC to a face-to-face meeting.

So what happened? Did the IOC not take ICANN up on its offer? Or did the meeting just not go the way IOC wanted it to?

Good thing ICANN is setting aside 1/3 of application fees to fight legal challenges.


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