New gTLD Program Committee approves two measures designed to protect big non-profit brands. ICANN Board’s New gTLD Program Committee has approved two resolutions granting added domain name protections at the second level to special interests the Red Cross, Red Crescent, and the International Olympic Committee, and lays the framework for protecting IGO names and acronyms. The resolutions come after the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council gave a thumbs down vote on the Red Cross/Olympics measure this month, but with the expectation that the GNSO will reverse course at its meeting next month.
GAC backs move by groups to get names added to reserved names lists for new TLDs. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) continues to pester ICANN about giving it special privileges for new top level domain names, and now the American Red Cross is adding its name to the hat as well. IOC’s outside counsel for intellectual property met with ICANN representatives during the ICANN meeting in San Francisco earlier this year, a letter just published on ICANN’s web site reveals. The letter, with some sort of confidential information apparently redacted, states that ICANN was willing to entertain special restrictions on registering olympic-related domain names if IOC provided more details on its existing international protection. Separately, American Red Cross sent a letter on April 5 requesting protection for it and similar groups at both the top level and second level of domain names