[ALAC] GAC Communiqué from Toronto

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Mon Oct 22 20:29:56 UTC 2012

My recollection is that the URS does allow for names protected by 
international accord but the UDRP does not. Not sure about TMCH.

Cost avoidance for exact names is likely not at that level but at 
defensive registrations or reservation within TLD.

Perhaps all moot, because after all this fuss, any TLD that does not 
voluntarily include these names in their reserved lists (except for 
registration by the parties involved) is just looking for additional 
hassles that they don't need.

Regarding the Olympic symbols/names, my recollection (which may well 
be wrong) is that the symbols are protected by international 
agreement but the names are protected by some national laws (and 
particularly those in countries that have held the Olympics).


At 22/10/2012 02:44 PM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:

>Quick answer:
>Because they don't want the hassle and cost incurred by other name-holders
>(clearinghouse, URS/UDRP) and have convinced the GAC that their legal
>titles are more important than those of the private sector.
>This is all the more curious because my understanding is that international
>treaty/law protects the IOC graphic symbol (five rings in that
>colour/pattern) but not the word "olympic".
>So... in other words (if this is accurate), they are asking ICANN to extend
>beyond existing protections in the outside world.
>At very least, this is not as clear-cut as the GAC would suggest.
>- Evan

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