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
.medDocCheck AGdoccheck.comView

In accordance with Specification 5, DocCheck AG will not allow reservation of the following country and territory names at the second- and other sub-levels:
- The short form in English of all country and territory names contained in the ISO 3166-1 list, including all updates made to it
- The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical Names, Part III Names of Countries in the World
- 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

The names of countries and territories specified in the lists above will be reserved at the second and all other levels of the .med TLD and thus, will not be available for domain name registration. A release of such a domain name will merely take place following an agreement with the respective government as well as after official approval by ICANN. This release process will follow the guidelines that have been set out by the GAC. Thus, the relevant authority wishing to reserve its specific name will need to inform the GAC secretariat. After authentication, the GAC secretariat will transfer the request to ICANN and DocCheck AG. DocCheck AG will then verify the availability of the name and issue an authorization number which will be transmitted to the beneficiary, i.e. the registrant. This beneficiary then can register the name with a registrar by providing the authorization number. In order to ensure that relevant governments and authorities are aware of the process, information regarding the registration of geographic domains will be displayed on DocCheck AG’s major websites regarding registry activities. Additionally, the process will be documented in the registration policies.

Moreover, DocCheck AG will grant governments, IGOs and public authorities the possibility to report and challenge abuses of geographical names and names with geographical significance. Reporting will be directed either towards the responsible registrar or towards DocCheck AG itself. If DocCheck AG or a registered registrar receives such a complaint by any institution mentioned above, the complaint will be inspected by DocCheck AG’s very own validation agent and a decision will be made. More information regarding the reporting process as well as the domain status during this process is specified in the answer to question 28 “Abuse Prevention and Mitigation”.

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