CECRV's reaction to the GAC's communiqué on 11 April 2013 in Beijing
Dear Madam, dear Sirs, CECRV, the Spanish Conference of Wine Governing Bodies is a Madrid-based organization representing and protecting Spanish wine Governing Bodies (Consejos Reguladores) interests and common goals towards Spanish, European and international public institutions, as well as promoting Spanish origin wine. CECRV is also member of EFOW, the European Federation of Origin Wines, a Brussels based-organisation representing PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) wines towards European and international institutions, and would like to contribute to the open debate launched by the ICANN Board regarding the Governmental Advisory Committees (GAC) Communiqué of 11 April <file:///C:\Users\Dani\Downloads\EFOW%20-%20response%20GAC%20communiqu%C3%A9 %2011%20April.doc#_ftn1> . In light of the serious concerns of EFOW and CECRV regarding the protection of wines with a Geographical Indication (GI), clearly expressed in a letter to the ICANN Board on 12 March and published on the new gTLD correspondence page at http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/correspondence/curbastro-to-croc ker-et-al-12mar13-en.pdf, our organization would like to bring its support too to the position expressed by the GACs Communiqué in Beijing concerning the strings .wine and .vin. CECRV, as well as EFOW, believes that the management of the possible new Internet domains .wine and .vin is a very sensible issue which must be further examined by the GAC in Durban in July. We would like to underline that EFOW is not opposed to the attribution of new gTLDs. Nevertheless, given the prejudice that these two strings may cause to the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) of GI wines, the ICANN Board must take into consideration the request of the GAC and must not proceed beyond Initial Evaluation with the examination of the 4 applications it has received. Moreover, CECRV calls for the strings .wine and .vin to be included in Annex I Safeguards on New gTLDs. In fact, only their inclusion in that chapter will allow for an adequate respect of GI wines IPRs - as established by article 23 of the WTO TRIPs Agreement on trade-related aspects of IPRs - and to guarantee consumer protection. More specifically, ICANN should develop a procedure that ensures that GI names cannot be reserved by third parties and enables organisations responsible for the protection of GIs to oppose the reservation of a domain name that consists of or contains the name of a GI through a procedure, e.g. an alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We believe it to be necessary for ICANN to take into account the opinions of professional organisations and governments. On the contrary it would risk discrediting this major change in the development of the Internet. We thank you in advance for taking into consideration our observations and would welcome an open discussion on this specific issue. Yours faithfully, Jesús Mora Cayetano CECRV Spanish Conference of Wine Governing Bodies. Firma electrónica (sin cargo y sin blog) P Antes de imprimir este mensaje, asegúrese de que es necesario hacerlo. AVISO LEGAL Este mensaje y los archivos, que en su caso lleve adjuntos, son privados y confidenciales y se dirigen exclusivamente a su destinatario. Si los recibiera por error, le rogamos nos lo comunique por esta misma vía o por teléfono +34 91 534 85 11 y proceda a borrarlos de inmediato. Las opiniones contenidas en este mensaje y en los archivos adjuntos pertenecen exclusivamente a su remitente y no representan la opinión de la Conferencia Española de Consejos Reguladores Vitivinícolas (CECRV), salvo que se diga expresamente y el remitente esté autorizado para emitir dicha opinión. CECRV advierte expresamente de que el envío de correos electrónicos a través de Internet no garantiza ni la confidencialidad de los mensajes, ni su integridad y correcta recepción. P Please consider the environment before printing. DISCLAIMER This message and the attached files are private and confidential, and intended exclusively for the addressee. If received by error, please notify us via e-mail or by telephone +34 91 534 85 11 and delete them immediately. The opinions contained in this message and in the attached files, are exclusively those of the author and do not represent the views of Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils (CECRV, for its acronym in Spanish), unless it is otherwise specified in the message and the sender is entitled to do so. CECRV expressly warns that the use of Internet e-mail neither guarantees the confidentiality of the messages nor their integrity and appropriate reception.