Australian Wine companies have the opportunity to register geographical name under .VIN and/or .WINE.
As you may know, a number of worldwide wine regions, in particular Champagne, have pushed hard to secure their regional gTLDs.
After a long negotiation process ‘Donuts’, the delegator of those domains, has accepted two key requests from this advocacy:
1 – Implementation of a secured process to ensure that domain names consisting of geographical names can only be registered by legitimate users of those names.
2 – Creation of a specific dispute resolution system, which allows interested parties to contest illegitimate registration of domain names consisting of or containing geographical names.
As the window for procuring regional names is quite short, it is recommended that you consider taking action promptly.
If anyone wishes to register visit the following webpage http://reservednames.wine/ or contact your usual registrars (if they are listed among the “Registrars Accepting Tokens” at http://reservednames.wine/) by March 26, 2016.
That said, some names will not be publicly open to registration, and can only be registered after an application has been filed and approved by the Domain Name Wine Trustee.
Donuts has created 2 distinct categories of geographical names:
A list of approximately 400 valuable names chosen by Donuts which are secured for a period of 60 days after general opening (until March 26, 2016). During this period, only legitimate right holders will be entitled to register those names through the process described below. If they have not been reserved at the end of that period, those names will be available for public registration.
A list of approx. 5,000 names which are secured for a period of 2 years after general opening. During this period, only legitimate right holders will be entitled to register those names through the process described below. If they have not been reserved at the end of that period, those names will be available for public registration.
Please note, this process is designed to protect wine region names and the registrar will only approve properly accredited organizations to take control of domain names on .VIN and .WINE during this period.
Please note that Wine Victoria is not the contact for this activity - for additional information, please contact Charles Goemaere.
Charles GOEMAEREDirecteur Economie et Juridique
Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne5 rue Henri-Martin, CS 30 135, 51204 Epernay, France standard : (+33) 03 26 51 19 30