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. The Red Cross followed up on May 10 with another letter.
None of these letters were published on ICANN’s web site until the Governmental Advisory Committee sent a letter to ICANN yesterday stating “The GAC advises the ICANN Board to approve these requests and to direct staff to reflect the Board’s approval in the May 30, 2011 version of the Applicant Guidebook.”