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

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gTLDFull Legal NameE-mail suffixDetail
.TELECITYTelecityGroup International Limitedhoganlovells.comView


TelecityGroup International Limited (ʺApplicantʺ) is aware of the substantial amount of work and effort that has gone into developing policy to address the issue of the reservation and release of geographic names under new gTLDs with valuable input from ICANNʹs Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the Generic Names Supporting Organisation Reserved Names Working Group, Registry Operators and from elsewhere within the ICANN community.

The Applicant is aware of the requirements set forth in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook and the GAC advice with regard to protection of geographic names at the second level (or other levels) under .TELECITY and thus the Applicant has incorporated GAC advice as set out below.

As a result of this, the Applicant will implement appropriate measures to ensure that it meets its responsibilities and complies with these requirements as a gTLD Registry Operator with regard to both the reservation and release of such geographic names at the second level (or other levels).

Reservation of Geographic Names

The initial GAC advice on the protection of geographic names is contained in the GAC document “Principles Regarding New gTLDs” which was presented by the GAC on 28 March 2007. At Section 2.7(a) of this document it is stated that new gTLD applicants should “adopt, before the new gTLD is introduced, appropriate procedures for blocking, at no cost and upon demand of governments, public authorities or IGOs, names with national or geographic significance at the second level of any new gTLD”.

Specification 5 of the New gTLD Registry Agreement provides further clarity and details the Schedule of Reserved Names at the Second Level (or other levels) in gTLD Registries, whereby the Registry Operator undertakes to reserve certain domain names and prevent them from being registered, delegated or used.

Section 2 of Specification 5 of the New gTLD Registry Agreement requires that all two character labels are initially reserved. This is to avoid conflicts and confusion with existing ccTLD extensions.

Section 5 of Specification 5 of the New gTLD Registry Agreement is more comprehensive and states that:

“5. Country and territory names contained in the following internationally recognized lists shall be initially reserved at the second level and at all other levels within the TLD at which the Registry Operator provides for registrations:

5.1. the short form (in English) of all country and territory names contained on the ISO 3166-
1 list, as updated from time to time, including the European Union, which is exceptionally reserved on the ISO 3166-1 list, and its scope extended in August 1999 to any application needing to represent the name European Union 〈http:⁄⁄www.iso.org⁄iso⁄support⁄country_codes⁄iso_3166_code_lists⁄iso-3166-

5.2. the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical Names, Part III Names of Countries of the World; and

5.3. the list of United Nations member states in 6 official United Nations languages prepared by the Working Group on Country Names of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names”.

In order to meet this requirement regarding country and territory names, the Applicant will ensure that it is in possession of current copies of the aforementioned internationally recognized lists and that all labels contained therein are afforded the requisite levels of protection.

Accordingly the Applicant undertakes to ensure that all labels that match the above requirements will initially not be available for registration, delegation or use at the second level (or other levels). In order to ensure that this is implemented correctly, all such labels will be blocked from registration by the Applicant in order to prevent their delegation and use.

Release of Reserved Geographic Names

Specification 5 of the New gTLD Registry Agreement also contains provisions for the release of country and territory names on the basis that agreement is reached with “the applicable government(s), provided, further, that Registry Operator may also propose release of these reservations, subject to review by ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee and approval by ICANN”. In addition, the Applicant has thoroughly reviewed the .INFO methodology for reservation and release of country names.

As specified throughout this application and as defined in the registration policies, Applicant plans to operate the applied-for TLD as a single registrant⁄single user registry with domain names being allocated only to the Applicant. As such the Applicant will not permit any third party to register any second-level domain names within the TLD.

On this basis the Applicant would like to explore with ICANN and the GAC the possibility to seek to have the release of such reserved terms for the exclusive use by the Applicant and⁄or its Affiliates for promoting, providing information about and⁄or offering the Applicant’s goods and services directly to the customers or potential customers from the relevant country or territory indicated by the domain name.

At all times, the Applicant will ensure through internal guidelines that all reasonable efforts will be made to reduce user confusion regarding the source or affiliation of the geographic domain name, and that security measures will be taken to protect confidential third-party information in accordance with that geographic area’s data and financial privacy laws.

In addition to the above, the Applicant will also adhere to and implement ICANN policy with regards to the reservation and release of such terms as and when required.

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