Websites with the .vin and .wine domains: last resort to avoid unconditional delegation?

Wednesday April 16 2014 by Vitisphere


One step forward, two steps back: the recent opening of the .vin  and .wine domaines has been clumsy to say the least.  Unable to satisfy all the parties (those protected by geographical indications (GIs) and those countries in the new world that support liberalism), the intergovernmental body which manages web domain names (ICANN) can only maintain the status quo.  On 4 April , ICANN decided to postpone the start of the contracting process to companies applying to manage the .vin and .wine domaines, for 60 days, reconfirming the fiasco of the Singapore meeting ( (click here for further information).  Officially, this period should allow time for further negotiations between professional organizations and candidate companies. But fearing that ICANN will again allocate domain names without safeguarding the GIs, appeals against ICANN have just been lodged by the European Commission, the French, Spanish and British governments, the Confédération Nationale des Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (CNAOC), the European Federation of Origin Wines (EFOW), the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne (CIVC), the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux (CIVB) and the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de Cognac (BNIC)..

Part of ICANN's internal appeals procedure, these "reconsideration requests" question the action (or inaction) of its board.  As stated on the Spanish reconsideration request form, the main point at issue concerns the legality of the findings of the committee responsible for opening new internet domains, "gTLD" (the NGPC), which on 22 March announced it was in favour of a unconditional delegation of the .vin and .wine domains.  While ICANN considers that there was no irregularity in the procedure, the plaintiffs argue that "this resolution to postpone the contracting process for the .vin and .wine domains for 60 days does not allow enough time to conclude the negotiations with all applicants, given the complexity of the issue and the diverging interests."  However, the signatories of this collective act state that they are willing to support the creation of these new domain names, with the CNAOC stating that "we may even promote them, but under the condition that these domain names are secured and protect the names of our AOCs."



[Source: Vitisphere; Illustration: International speculation on ".vin" and ".wine" domains in the absence of allocation guarantees;  CNAOC]



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