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CECRV's reaction to the GAC's communiqué on 11 April 2013 in Beijing

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  • Subject: CECRV's reaction to the GAC's communiqué on 11 April 2013 in Beijing
  • From: Jesús Mora Cayetano <cecrv@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 14 May 2013 09:51:29 +0200

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
Committee’s (GAC) Communiqué of 11 April[1]
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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
ker-et-al-12mar13-en.pdf, our organization would like to bring its’ support
too to the position expressed by the GAC’s 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


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.



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