[bc-gnso] Draft GNSO Council letter to the GAC

Phil Corwin pcorwin at butera-andrews.com
Thu May 14 14:58:48 UTC 2009

The draft letter is imperfect in that it suggests that governments might have some legitimate rights vis-a-vis geo names at the second level, when in fact map names have never been entitled to trademark protection. Regardless of one's views as to whether governments should have any right to object to a second level geo name, the notion that they should have an unquestioned and absolute veto power over any second level name incorporating a defined class of geo terms is absurd -- for goodness sake, what legitimate right of the French government is being violated if someone registers france.beaches or riviera.beaches? The BC should defend the legitimacy of a free marketplace, and consumers acting in that marketplace should decide whether such a domain is commercially viable based upon the information and services it provides. A governmental veto power totally deprives registrants of any due process protections, deprives consumers of a broad class of potentially useful direct search domain names, and will stifle innovation and constrict the utility of broad classes of potential new gTLDs. Affording such a veto power is also a formula for political favoritism if not outright corruption.

Too much has already been conceded to the GAC in the new gTLD draft Guidebook and it is time they be told, politely but forcefully, to back off. We therefore urge that the BC endorse the letter.

Philip S. Corwin
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From: owner-bc-gnso at icann.org [owner-bc-gnso at icann.org] On Behalf Of Liz Williams [lizawilliams at mac.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 8:26 AM
To: Philip Sheppard
Cc: bc-gnso at icann.org
Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] Draft GNSO Council letter to the GAC


The critical element is that one set of objectors cannot have a power of veto that others do not.  An objector cannot also unfairly undermine legitimate which with they may just happen to disagreed.  Circumventing a specialised process is exactly what 2.5 years of policy development was supposed to prevent.

I support the Council's position.


Liz Williams
+44 1963 364 380
+44 7824 877 757

On 14 May 2009, at 13:20, Philip Sheppard wrote:

<GNSO Council to GAC May 2009 V4.doc>

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