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

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Q22 - Protection of Geographic Names

1. Reserved List of Geographic Names

In accordance with Specification 5 of the proposed TLD Registry Agreement published as Attachment to Module 5 of the Applicant Guidebook by ICANN, and with Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) advice on geographic names at the second level, the .lacaixa Registry will put the following names on the reserved list, therefore making them unavailable for registration or any other use:

* 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;

* 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

* 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.

Technically, this is achieved by utilising the advanced domain name rule engine that is part of the CORE Registration System and described in detail in the answer to Question 28. As laid out there, the underlying set of checks can be tuned to block registrations of .lacaixa names based on various syntactic rules, multiple reserved names lists, and patterns. Prior to the launch of the .lacaixa TLD, the rule engine will be configured in accordance with the reserved list mandated by Specification 5, which means that the listed names are not available for registration by registrars.

2. Exceptions

The .lacaixa Registry intends to propose to ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and, if approved, submit to ICANN for final approval an exception to allow the .lacaixa Registry to use some or all of those itself, in order to better localize its services in each individual country and territory where it carries commercial activities.

Once final approval has been received, the use of such names is conducted in a diligent manner, In particular, the names are not simply removed from the reserved names lists to allow their registration. Instead, the .lacaixa Registry will internally issue a special authorisation code for the specific reserved name to be registered. This authorisation code is then used as the domain authinfo in an EPP 〈domain:create〉 request to the .lacaixa SRS, which will let the request bypass the rule engineʹs blocking mechanism and permit the registration.

3. Additional monitoring

As the .lacaixa Registry will not allow third-party registrations or use of second or other level domains within .lacaixa TLD, no additional monitoring mechanisms are required.

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