Geographic indications : .vin and .wine sites re-spark sensitive discussions

Wednesday November 27 2013 by Kelsie Adams

« You need two to tango ». This American saying was particularly appropriate under the Argentine sun as governments met at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Despite the long negociations, the governments have not come to an conclusion over the question of putting the new « .vin » and « .wine » domains into place. The position of 34 member states of the Europe and Latin America has been opposed by three New World wine countries (Australia, the USA and New Zealand). The question of managing these extensions, particularly in relation to the question of the handing out of domains linked to geographic indications, was the main sticking point between the two parties. The National Confederation of Producers of Appellations of Controlled Origin (La Confédération Nationale des producteurs de vins d'Appellations d'Origine Contrôlées, CNAOC), explains that « on the one side the Americans continue to think that .vin and .wine can be delegated under any conditions [...] and on the other side, the Europeans [highlight] that today there is no consensus in favour of delegation without conditions. »

At the end of these discussions, the intergovernmental meeting concluded on 20th November that there is « a need to put appropriate safeguard clauses into place in order to avoid abuse of the new domain names ». This iniciative, however, does not resolve the issue of the case, as the ICANN can decide to hand out the managment of these sites or continue to delay, particularly if they wish to launch a supplementary enquiry.

 

 

 

[Image ; ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires (17th-31st November 2013)]

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