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ICANN awarding of closed generic TLDS - Statement of French Publishers Association (SNE)

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  • Subject: ICANN awarding of closed generic TLDS - Statement of French Publishers Association (SNE)
  • From: Julien CHOURAQUI <jchouraqui@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:05:24 +0000

Dear Sirs,

The French Publishers Association (SNE) is France's trade association of book 
publishers. It represents approximately 600 member companies whose combined 
business endeavors account for the bulk of French publishing and whose total 
turnover was close to 3 billion € in 2012 (4.3 billion € expressed at the 
retail selling price). The SNE's missions include to advocate publishers' 
interests, to support creativity by defending freedom to publish and promoting 
the respect of intellectual property rights, to promote and to defend the fixed 
book price, and to promote literacy. The SNE represents the French publishing 
profession as a member of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) whose 
position on this initiative here attached it fully supports.

In the framework of the current ICANN consultation on the topic of "closed 
generic" gTLD applications, the SNE would like to express its opposition 
regarding any applications for a “closed generic” gTLD, most notably .book,  
.read and .author (collectively the "Book TLDs"). This could have for 
consequence to grant an exclusivity for the use of a specific gTLD to an 
economic actor and therefore deprive its competitors to use this first level 
domain name. If a major distribution stakeholder had a monopoly over such 
essential strategic tools for e-commerce, this would have dramatic consequences 
on competition.

Yours faithfully

Christine de Mazières
Syndicat National de l’Edition

Julien Chouraqui
Chargé de mission - Affaires juridiques
Syndicat national de l'édition

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