22 Describe proposed measures for protection of geographic names at the second and other levels in the applied-for gTLD
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Ikano S.A. will protect names with national or geographic significance by reserving the country and territory names at the second level and at all other levels within the TLD, as per the requirements in the New TLD Registry Agreement (Specification 5, paragraph 5).
Ikano S.A. will employ a series of rules to translate the geographical names required to be reserved by Specification 5, paragraph 5 to a form consistent with the ʺhost namesʺ format used in domain names.
Considering the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) advice “Principles regarding new gTLDs”, these domains will be blocked, at no cost to governments, public authorities, or IGOs, before the TLD is introduced (Sunrise), so that no parties may apply for them. Ikano S.A. will publish a list of these names before Sunrise, so its registrar and registrants can be aware that these names are reserved.
Ikano S.A. will define a procedure so that governments can request the above reserved domain(s) if they would like to take possession of them. This procedure will be based on existing methodology developed for the release of country names in the .INFO TLD. For example, Ikano S.A. will require a written request from the country’s GAC representative, or a written request from the country’s relevant Ministry or Department. Ikano S.A. will allow the designated beneficiary (the Registrant) to register the name, with an accredited Afilias Registrar, possibly using an authorization number transmitted directly to the designated beneficiary in the country concerned.
As defined by Specification 5, paragraph 5, such geographic domains may be released to the extent that Registry Operator reaches agreement with the applicable government(s). Ikano S.A. will work with respective GAC representatives of the country’s relevant Ministry of Department to obtain their release of the names to Ikano S.A..
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