[At-Large] Protection of IOC/Red Cross Names at Top Level

Michele Neylon :: Blacknight michele at blacknight.ie
Thu Feb 2 15:37:14 UTC 2012

On 2 Feb 2012, at 14:30, Evan Leibovitch wrote:

> Should ALAC have a stance on the TLD reservation of the Red Cross and
> Olympic terms?
> Personally, I think they should be handled differently. I have no problem
> with the Red [Cross|Crescent|Diamond] names (and their multilingual and IDN
> equivalents) being reserved because these are groups that do charitable
> work and collect funds for relief of famines, natural disasters and other
> emergencies.
> OTOH, The international olympic movement, while non-profit, does not
> collect emergency funds in the same way as the Red Cross. Furthermore, I
> have seen olympic committees in various countries aggressively shut down
> innocent users (like family-run Greek restaurants using "Olympic" in their
> name) that are neither competing nor confusing with the athletic
> organization.
> (How soon before they go after the largest Greek airline?)
> In any case, my own preference is to support reservation of the Red Cross
> names but oppose similar protection offered to Olympic ones (and allow
> contentious applications to be objected to in the appropriate way as
> required).


How do you make a policy statement that gives one NGO "special status" without giving it to others?

I like your reasoning - just wondering how it could be worded to be narrow enough .. 


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