[At-Large] Protection of IOC/Red Cross Names at Top Level
evan at telly.org
Thu Feb 2 17:07:35 UTC 2012
Personally I'd prefer *no* exceptions, confident that conventional TLD
objection procedures would prevent any red-cross-related application to
come from anyone but the IFRC in Geneva or its authorized agents. I'd even
support the ALAC public-interest objection process used for this, and would
have no hesitation initiation the objection process myself in such a case.
But the GAC seems hell-bent on having some kind of exception(s).
IIRC, the Red Cross is considered an exceptional institution. I was told by
people I trust that there was no concept of a non-profit corporation in
Japan before the Red Cross tried to establish, and there was a specific
vote in the Diet to allow it. So such exceptionalism is not without
(And happy birthday, BTW!)
On 2 February 2012 10:37, Michele Neylon :: Blacknight <
michele at blacknight.ie> wrote:
> 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
> > 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
> > 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 ..
> Michele in a personal capacity (if I have one .. )
> Mr Michele Neylon
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