22 Describe proposed measures for protection of geographic names at the second and other levels in the applied-for gTLD

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.cbnThe Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc.cbn.orgView

CBN is very respectful of all governments. CBN operates globally and relies on the support of governments to protect human rights and support freedom of religion and appreciates the importance of working within the law globally. CBN appreciates that governments need to protect their geographic identifiers from misappropriation and⁄or misuse by third parties just as CBN must protect its brand.

Because CBN will be the sole registrant of domains in the .cbn gTLD registry, the risk of abuse is completely within the control of CBN. In any case, CBN has carefully considered policies and procedures for protecting geographic names in the .cbn gTLD. For instance, CBN and its consultants have reviewed:

- ʺReport of the Second WIPO Internet Domain Name Process: The Recognition and Rights and the Use of Names in the Internet Domain Name System,ʺ Section 6, Geographical Identifiers
LINK: http:⁄⁄www.wipo.int⁄amc⁄en⁄processes⁄process2⁄report⁄html⁄report.html)

-ICANNʹs Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Principles Regarding New gTLDs
LINK: https:⁄⁄gacweb.icann.org⁄download⁄attachments⁄1540128⁄gTLD_principles_0.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1312358178000)

-ICANN Board Resolution 01-92 regarding the methodology developed for the reservation and release of country names in the .INFO top-level domain
LINK: http:⁄⁄www.icann.org⁄en⁄minutes⁄minutes-10sep01.htm

From the WIPO analysis of the misuse of geographical identifiers at the international, regional, and national levels, WIPO identified two elements for the protection of geographical identifiers: (i) a prohibition of false descriptions of the geographical source of goods; and (ii) a more extensive set of rules prohibiting the misuse of one class of geographical source indicators, known as geographical indications (See WIPO Report Paragraphs 206 and 210). CBN will monitor the use of any geographic terms to comply with such recommended policies.

CBN commits to reserve the country and territory names contained in the internationally recognized lists described in Article 5 of Specification 5 attached to the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook at the second level, such as all country and territory names contained on the ISO 3166- 1 list and the list of United Nations member states.

CBN is committed to participating in policy discussions and, on a periodic basis, reviewing its policies in this area to maintain current with ICANN policy making.

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