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
.DNBThe Dun & Bradstreet Corporationdnb.comView

22.1 The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation Commitment to the Protection of Geographic Names at the Second Level

The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation is keenly aware of the struggles that many local, city, state and national governments face in seeking to protect their geographic identifiers from misappropriation and⁄or misuse by third parties. The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation, which vigorously enforces a broad range of intellectual property rights, including but not limited to trademarks, service marks, logos, and trade names of the Dun and Bradstreet Corporation and its affiliated companies (collectively the Marks), understands firsthand the economic benefit that the licensing of these rights can bring.

In preparation for answering this question, the Dun and Bradstreet Corporation reviewed the following relevant background material regarding the protection of geographic names in the DNS, including:

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

-ICANN’s Proposed Action Plan on .INFO Country Names (see http:⁄⁄www.icann.org⁄en⁄meetings⁄montevideo⁄action-plan-country-names-09oct01.htm);

-“Report 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 (see http:⁄⁄www.wipo.int⁄amc⁄en⁄processes⁄process2⁄report⁄html⁄report.html);

-ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Principles Regarding New gTLDs, (see https:⁄⁄gacweb.icann.org⁄download⁄attachments⁄1540128⁄gTLD_principles_0.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1312358178000); and

-ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Reserved Names Working Group Final Report (see http:⁄⁄gnso.icann.org⁄issues⁄new-gtlds⁄final-report-rn-wg-23may07.htm).

22.2 Initial Reservation of Country and Territory Names

The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation is committed to initially reserving the country and territory names contained in the internationally recognized lists described in Specification 5 of the proposed New gTLD Registry Agreement contained in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook at the second level and at all other levels within the DNB gTLD at which domain name registrations will be provided. More specifically, The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation will reserve:

-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 (see http:⁄⁄www.iso.org⁄iso⁄support⁄country_codes⁄iso_3166_code_lists⁄iso-3166-1_decoding_table.htm#EU);

-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 six official United Nations languages prepared by the Working Group on Country Names of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names.

22.3 Protection of Regional and Local Geographic Names for Misleading Use
In addition to ICANN-required geographic names, The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation may also reserve certain regional and local geographic names to ensure that such names are used for the benefit of regional and local internet communities.

22.3 Potential Future Release of Initially Reserved Country and Two Character Names

As stated above, the Dun and Bradstreet Corporation shall initially reserve (i.e., it shall not register, delegate, use or otherwise make available) all two-character strings and Country and Territory Names at the second level within DNB TLD. Although The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation does not have immediate plans to make use of these initially reserved names at the second level within DNB TLD, the Dun and Bradstreet Corporation recognizes that there have been numerous successful and non-misleading use of two character second level names in gTLDs. These names, including ck.com, ge.com, ie.com and ua.com, to name a few, are used by legitimate businesses that cannot be said to cause confusion with corresponding country codes. Therefore, in the event that The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation wishes to use the two character strings for businesses or organizations, The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation shall propose and seek approval from ICANN for the release of such strings in a manner designed to avoid confusion with the corresponding country code.

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