GAC issues

Polo (Ralph Lauren) Loses Community Objection To Polo Group – Panel Cites GAC Decision In .AMAZON As Support

Ralph Lauren likely lost its bid to run the .POLO gTLD when the community objection filed by the United States Polo Association (USPA or Objector), with support from other polo sports associations and groups, was upheld by an ICC panel.

By | October 31, 2013|

Amazon Not Backing Down – Strong Response to GAC and ICANN on New gTLD Rejection

Amazon is not backing down from ICANN or the GAC, as earlier this week ICANN published the responses to the Durban GAC Communique, including Amazon's which stood as perhaps the most forceful and comprehensive. Most of the responses were simply boilerplate requests for reconsideration, however, Amazon filed a 20 page response that accused the GAC and ICANN of violating International Law, its own New gTLD program rules, and being blatantly discriminatory and biased towards the company.

By | August 29, 2013|

GAC Recommends Changes To Applicant Guidebook To “Fix” Geo-Names Issue

There has been a lot of discussion about the GAC's decision to object to the .AMAZON New gTLD application filed by Amazon, Inc. From the company's perspective it did everything right. The Applicant Guidebook (AG) sections that deal with geographic names do not technically cover a term like "Amazon" because it does not fall under any of the exceptions listed in sec. 2.2.1.4.1 of the AG and is not a "country or territory" as defined therein.

By | August 1, 2013|

Is The GAC Objection To .AMAZON An Abuse Of Power?

With the ICANN meetings in Durban, South Africa wrapping up today the GAC (Government Advisory Council) officially objected to the application by Amazon, Inc. for the .AMAZON top level domain name. This is not so much news as a confirmation of what the GAC had already indicated months earlier via its Beijing Communique - namely, that it had a problem with the application.

By | July 18, 2013|