''.vin'' et ''.wine'' websites: a battle for Geographical Indications sake

Monday September 16 2013 by Vitisphere

Supposed to go online at the end of 2013, websites using the new first level domain ''.vin'' and ''.wine'' are seeing the launch calendar postponed. At least that's what the European Federation of Origin Wines (EFOW) is calling after, until an agreement secures European Geographical Indications (GIs). According to the lobby, ''the delegation of certain domain names might jeopardise the protection of geographical GIs''. Negociations were supposed to take place during August, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board being unable to get a consensus amongst the governments it gathers.

But negociations never happened between vineyard representatives and candidates. And now the European Commission is trying to weigh in the debate, in order to negotiate safeguards for GIs. The European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Krooes (picture), made it plain clear. Before meeting Fadi Chehadé (President of the ICANN) this September 16 in Brussels, she sent him a letter stating that if she welcomes the ''possibility to have a reliable and safe place on the internet for consumers, right holders of GIs and producers of wine'', she ''stressed the importance that GIs are sufficiently protected under the new gTLDs''. She asked for establishing ''a safe space for the GI right holders and consumers. Until such agreement has been concluded, I expect that ICANN does not go beyond the initial evaluation of the two strings .vin and .wine''. At the moment, the statu quo is maintained.


[Picture: European Commission]


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