ANA Sends Letter to ICANN on Proposal Regarding Geographically Related Domain Names

October 21, 2014

Today, ANA sent a letter to Thomas Schneider, the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Chair, and Peter Nettlefold, ICANN CCWG on Country and Territory Names, asking them to extend the deadline for comments regarding a proposal to expand the GAC’s ability to veto geographically related domain names.  In our letter, we requested that the deadline for responding to the proposal be extended for all interested parties from October 31, 2014 to December 31, 2014.  This proposal raises significant issues not only for ANA members, but also for the Internet community at large because it would potentially prevent brands with trademarked names associated with geographic locations to successfully apply for their own top level domain name (TLD).  This proposal, which was put forth by GAC Vice Chair Olga Cavalli from Argentina, can be viewed here.


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