Showing posts with label dotwine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dotwine. Show all posts

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Something wrong with .VIN ?

For the first time since its launching, the .VIN new gTLD loses registrations. If the progression curve of .WINE is an example since it never lost one single registration, the .VIN domain name extensions is to me, the example of an extensions that has difficulties to develop for several reasons:
  1. It is a French term and French wine makers are not fond of Internet so much;
  2. It is poorly marketed: the role of a registry is to operate a TLD, not to market it. A .VIN Registry operated by French wine makers or a similar wine organization, would probably make a difference;
  3. The .VIN new gTLD belongs to an American company and unless I am wrong, we don't speak French in the USA;
  4. The .VIN new gTLD belongs to an American company and unless I am wrong again, French are not fond of American wines. Psychologically speaking, it must be a torture for a French wine company to be buying something related to wine, to an American company but fortunately:
    1. French wine makers don't know about ".VIN" domain names...yet;
    2. French wine makers are a thousand miles away from knowing the registration process of a domain name;
    3. No registrar/registry sells ".vin" domain names during Vinexpo.
Sometimes, losing registrations for a Registry is due to the annual renewal with registrants forgetting to renew or just that period of time when registrants realize that they won't be using a domain name and then, they just drop it.

The domain name extensions concerned  are:
  1. .PUB
  2. .WINE
  3. .BEER
  4. .VIN
  5. .BAR
  6. .GLASS 
  7. .VODKA
  8. .REHAB
  9. .GALLO ®
  10. .BAREFOOT ®

Friday, September 16, 2016

Feed-back on recent new gTLD events

Premium .CLUB auctions are always an event in the new gTLD world: the specialized online press often reacts to auction results. One of the reasons for this is that the Registry in charge does a lot of buzz before these happenings. Another reason is that a lot of investors participate and "buy". I just found two interesting covers of these events and I suggest to read them. The first one is from OnlineDomains and is entitled "Top 10 .Club Domain Name Sales". The other one is from DoomainNameWire and is entitled: "With one day to go, there are some good deals in this .Club auction".

New domain name registration volumes:
  1. HOTGENERIC new gTLDs;
  2. New gTLDs related to CARS;
  3. New gTLDs related to HEALTH.

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Wine cans? Come on...
It's week-end and I will probably drink wine: not because I am French, but because I like wine and...and...really...I can help it but I saw this publication on Facebook (using a great ".wine" domain name by the way): Website is nice and I believe the product is drinkable too but...IT IS OFFERED IN CANS. I will complain immediately to the European Commission for a law to be created to prohibit offering wine in cans. I am joking of course but I'd rather drink wine coming from a glass bottle.

Previous Campaigns can be viewed here.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Old ".wine" new gTLD projections

Registration volumes are slow but they increase. This reminds me the projections I wrote in my business plan for the .WINE new gTLD (the dotVinum project). My projection dated 2011 stated that the Registry (all included) could start to be profitable in year one if 100,000 domain names were registered at a wholesale price of €7 - 14€ and €20 but this did not include Premium domain names.

  1. Wholesale price of €7 in year one: €53.900,00
  2. Wholesale price of €14: in year one: €753.900,00
  3. Wholesale price of €20: in year one: €1,353.900,00
I calculated that profitability in year two was -217,690.00 for 10,000 domain names registered at a wholesale price of €20 but again, this did not include huge lists of Premium domain names and the back-end Registry service and operations were calculated for one single Registry, not multiple ones.

Scary, isn't it?

New domain name registration volumes:

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In our previous Newsletter:
  1. Sunrise Period for .DOCTOR has started;
  2. HOT - The new gTLD map;
  3. Registries rebel against ICANN;
  4. Does ICANN wish to open the window for more new TLDs sooner?
  5. A few things I extracted from the ".mcdonalds" mission/purpose;
  6. List of live .club websites.
Previous Campaigns can be viewed here.

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Friday, February 19, 2016

The new gTLD info for Friday the 19th

Someone wrote the story of the .WINE and .VN new gTLDs. I would have added a few things to the story but the website is interesting: it is about selling Premium .wine and .vin domain names and I kind of find the concept interesting. More on .CLOUD and .STORE
  1. The story of .WINE & .VIN domain names;
  2. Project dotVinum :-)
  3. Follow-up on .CLOUD registration volumes;
  4. More on the .STORE future launching;
  5. Almost one million domains registered in one day! 
  6. There is an academy to learn about investing in domain names;
  7. The .GAY new gTLD: the story is not over;
  8. More coming.
And if you missed an info: subscribe to our Newsletter for all links to articles.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The new gTLD info for Tuesday

Next ICANN new gTLD auction
SHOP / SHOPPING : 27 January 2016

"Don't drink and Drive"
If you don’t like the wine and automotive domain names launching this week, you can leave .feedback.

HOT: Does .tickets have the ultimate anti-cybersquatting system?
.tickets gTLD registry Accent Media has launched an anti-cybersquatting measure that lets the world know who is trying to register what domain name a whole month before the domain is allowed to go live.

ICANN Plans to Track gTLD Marketplace Health
How are top level domain names doing? We might soon have a way to track them.

NamesCon auction was a coming out party for new TLDs
Here are the new domain names that sold in the auction. Most .CLUB domains found a buyer.

Domain experts on the slow start for new gTLDS, and what may turn the tide
Google likely to be a major player in another way, specifically through the search engine treatment of new domains? is suspended
After reviewing the parties’ submissions, the Examiner determines that the Complainant has demonstrated all three elements of the URS by a standard of clear and convincing evidence; the Examiner hereby Orders the domain name «» be SUSPENDED for the duration of the registration.

Uniregistry beats Donuts to .shopping, but .shop still in play
Uniregistry has emerged as the successful registry-to-be of .shopping from the convoluted .shop/.shopping new gTLD contention set.

Donuts Launches .WINE and .VIN
Wineries, vintners, retailers, and wine aficionados have two new homes on the Internet as Donuts Inc., the largest registry for new "not-com" domain names (known in the industry as generic top-level domains, or gTLDs), today announced that the .WINE and .VIN gTLDs will be available for general registration on January 20.

New TLD .Feedback Arrived Today
...with Unique Features Designed by a Familiar Industry Face
nother new gTLD entered General Availability today but the man behind the .feedback extension is a familiar face who was well-known in the industry long before ICANN's current new gTLD program was even conceived.

.CORSICA domains are open to all

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The French new gTLD info of the day (Wednesday)

L'extension Internet ".SFR"
L'extension Internet .SFR vient d'être "déléguée". Alors que SFR a été racheté par Numéricable, il semble qu'il y aura des noms de domaine ".sfr" et non ".numéricable".

Extensions ".vin" et ".wine"
Après trois années de négociation et une mobilisation forte des professionnels (avec à leur tête en France, la CNAOC), des élus et des gouvernements, un accord privé et confidentiel a été conclu entre la société américaine Donuts et la communauté mondiale du vin. Cet accord permettra de lutter contre le cybersquatting et la contrefaçon.

Enregistrez vos noms de domaine .VIN

La LandRush du .CORSICA
Les noms de domaine en ".corsica" sont ouverts à l'enregistrement selon des conditions tarifaires spécifiques, ce qui permet aux demandeurs d'augmenter leur chance d'obtenir un nom désiré. Enregistrez votre .CORSICA.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Interview of Axelle Lemaire on ".wine" domain names (in French)

Mobilisée aux cotés des vignerons pour défendre la protection des Indications Géographiques (IG) sur internet dans le cadre de l’ouverture des noms de domaine « .vin » et « .wine », Axelle Lemaire, secrétaire d’Etat chargée du numérique est intervenue le 24 novembre dernier à l’Assemblée Générale de la CNAOC. Dans une interview accordée à la CNAOC, elle revient sur les dossiers en cours : « .vin » et « .wine », nouveau cycle d’ouverture de noms de domaine et développement numérique de la viticulture.

Le lancement officiel des nouvelles extensions « .vin » et « .wine » aura lieu le 27 janvier prochain. Vous vous êtes fortement mobilisée sur ce dossier aux cotés des viticulteurs. Pourriez-vous revenir sur les étapes importantes de la mobilisation ? Avec quelles organisations avez-vous travaillé pour renverser la décision de l’ICANN ?

La reconnaissance par l’ICANN des indications géographiques dans l’attribution des extensions « .vin » et « .wine » est le fruit d’une intense mobilisation internationale, à laquelle l’Union Européenne et la France ont pris une part déterminante.

Début avril 2014, la Commission européenne, la France associée à plusieurs pays du GAC, qui représente les gouvernements des pays au sein de l’ICANN, et plusieurs organisations représentatives de la filière viticole ont fortement critiqué la décision de cette structure d’attribuer ces extensions sans aucun respect des indications géographiques. Cette mobilisation internationale, à laquelle j’ai pris une part active dès mon arrivée au gouvernement, a conduit l’ICANN à repousser une première fois l’attribution de ces noms de domaine.

Enregistrez vos ".vin" et ".wine"
Lors d’une réunion de l’ICANN à Londres du 22 au 26 juin 2014, j’ai personnellement demandé la suspension de l’attribution de ces adresses tant qu’aucune garantie ne serait apportée sur le respect des origines géographiques de nos vignobles. J’ai par ailleurs annoncé que la France serait contrainte de quitter la table des négociations sur la réforme de l ’ICANN si les extensions « .vin » et « .wine » étaient attribuées sans garantie du respect des origines géographiques de nos vignobles.

La France a notamment lié ce dossier aux négociations en cours sur le traité de libre-échange avec les Etats-Unis. Il nous apparaissait déplacé que l’ICANN, instance technique de l’internet, demeure seule à décider sur des enjeux commerciaux majeurs, ce qui lui donne un rôle politique ambigu et peu transparent. Associés aux autres pays européens producteurs de vin, et aux représentants des filières viticoles, nous avons fait pression pour que l’UE s’engage à appliquer la législation européenne contre toute usurpation ou imitation en ligne des indications géographiques protégées.

A la suite de la réunion de Londres, l’ICANN a pris le temps de la concertation et nous a rassurés sur son souhait de trouver une solution acceptable par tous. Après le désistement de deux des trois candidats aux extensions .vin et .wine, les représentants des viticulteurs, au premier rang desquels figurait la CNAOC, sont entrés en phase de négociation avec l’ICANN et Donuts pour formaliser un accord.

Cet accord a été trouvé mi-2015 et a permis l’engagement d’une procédure d’ouverture des extensions qui tient compte des intérêts des professionnels. est disponible sur
L’ICANN prévoit d’ores et déjà de lancer un nouveau round d’ouverture de noms de domaine. La protection des indications géographiques n’est pour l’instant toujours pas prise en compte. Quelle est la stratégie du gouvernement français et plus largement de l’Europe pour faire évoluer les règles d’ici là ?

Nous avons gagné une première bataille autour des extensions « .vin » et « .wine », mais le combat mené par la France pour une réforme de l’ICANN, notamment dans le sens d’une prise en compte globale des appellations d’origine, est loin d’être terminé.

Ce qu’on a vu avec le .vin/.wine, c’est que les règles de l’ICANN ne prennent pas assez bien en compte les intérêts des autres professions. L’ICANN est une organisation qui gère les ressources de l’internet : ces ressources sont utilisées par tous les secteurs économiques mais leur gouvernance est contrôlée par un petit nombre de professionnels de l’internet. De plus, la gouvernance de cette organisation a beaucoup de progrès à faire pour gagner la confiance de l’ensemble des acteurs économiques.

Je serai très vigilante sur l’ouverture de nouveaux noms de domaines : avant de lancer un nouveau cycle, un bilan partagé et approfondi devra être mené sur la première vague d’ouverture. J’ai moi-même confié une mission au Conseil général de l’Economie pour définir une stratégie coordonnée des pouvoirs publics et des entreprises français en vue de cette deuxième phase.

Quelles sont vos propositions dans le cadre de la réforme de la gouvernance de l’ICANN ? Notamment pour faire en sorte que la voix des gouvernements soit mieux entendue et que l’organisation soit plus indépendante ?

L’ICANN est aujourd’hui une organisation basée en Californie, sous tutelle de fait des Etats-Unis, qui contrôle l’attribution des noms de domaine sur internet pour le monde entier. Cette situation n’est pas saine, peut induire des conflits d’intérêt, des distorsions de concurrence.

C’est pourquoi, la France réclame depuis plusieurs années, avec l’Union Européenne et de nombreux autres pays réunis au sein du GAC, que l’ICANN devienne une institution plus indépendante, avec une gouvernance gérée de manière multilatérale par la communauté mondiale des acteurs du net mais également des utilisateurs.

Barack Obama avait annoncé en mars 2014 la fin de la tutelle américaine pour septembre 2015 et nous sommes aujourd’hui très mobilisés pour que la réforme en cours de l’ICANN aboutisse, tout en préservant nos objectifs : si le gouvernement américain respecte sa promesse de retirer la tutelle qu’il exerce sur l’ICANN, ce sera un progrès significatif pour une gouvernance d’internet plus partagée.

Au-delà, il faut préserver la voix des gouvernements, au sein d’un modèle multi-acteurs qui est au fondement de la gouvernance d’internet. Ce modèle devra nécessairement se renouveler pour inclure les acteurs d’autres secteurs économiques que l’internet, et d’autres continents que l’Amérique du Nord.

Le numérique fait partie intégrante de l’économie. Au-delà de la défense des noms est posée la question du développement du secteur au travers d’Internet. Quelles seraient vos conseils au secteur viticole ?

Etre offensifs ! On l’a vu avec l’essor de géants du net comme Facebook, Amazon, Google etc. : dans l’économie numérique les premiers entrants, ceux qui qui parviennent à croitre rapidement pour dominer un marché globalisé, deviennent des acteurs incontournables, voire uniques dans leur domaine d’activité, selon le principe du Winner takes all !

Or, contrairement aux préjugés, l’agriculture et le numérique font très bon ménage : les deux tiers des agriculteurs, qui sont aussi et surtout des entrepreneurs, utilisent internet quotidiennement pour leur travail, et notamment pour consulter les services de météorologie et les cours de bourse. Les agriculteurs sont aussi accros aux réseaux sociaux que les autres catégories professionnelles.

Et l’innovation affecte l’ensemble des domaines et métiers agricoles, comme l’a montré le rapport « agriculture et innovation 2025 » qui m’a été remis récemment avec Stéphane le Foll et Thierry Mandon. La France a tous les atouts pour faire entrer l’agriculture dans la modernité, en termes de compétitivité bien sûr mais aussi de respect pour l’environnement.

En ce qui concerne la distribution de nos produits viticoles, l’enjeu est donc de se mettre rapidement à l’échelle d’un marché globalisé. Les acteurs doivent pouvoir se regrouper, afin de pouvoir investir massivement pour devenir rapidement des leaders mondiaux. Pourquoi la première marketplace viticole du monde ne serait-elle pas Française demain ? Nos vignobles ont une réputation internationale, ce sont des produits à haut potentiel dans une économie globalisée.

Au-delà de la distribution, il faut mobiliser l’ensemble de nos jeunes pousses de la French Tech pour qu’elles puissent, via leurs objets connectés et leurs réseaux de capteurs, collecter, transmettre et analyser de plus en plus de données très précises sur nos cultures viticoles. Cet enjeu des données est pour moi majeur : il est essentiel pour l’avenir de notre viticulture (et plus globalement pour l’avenir agricole de notre pays) de faire en sorte que les agriculteurs restent maitres de leurs données, et le Gouvernement appuiera les initiatives allant en ce sens.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bernard Farges à l'Attention de Axelle Lemaire, sur le dossier ".vin"

Le 27 janvier prochain se déroule l’ouverture générale des extensions « .vin » et « .wine ».

Pendant plus de trois années, la CNAOC, la communauté mondiale du vin et les pouvoirs publics français et européens se sont mobilisés pour protéger les Indications Géographiques dans le cadre de ces nouvelles extensions. En 2015, un accord commercial privé a été signé entre le secteur du vin et Donuts, l’entreprise américaine en charge de la gestion de ces nouvelles extensions. Il permet de lutter contre le cybersquatting et la contrefaçon et permet d’éviter la confusion des noms. Cet accord est confidentiel.

Ce mardi 24 Novembre, Axelle Lemaire, Secrétaire d’Etat au numérique en première ligne sur ce dossier aux cotés des vignerons est intervenue lors de l’Assemblée Générale de la CNAOC à Paris.

Le discours ci-dessous de Bernard Farges, Président de la CNAOC, revient sur les dossiers « .vin » et « .wine » et évoque également les suites concernant la protection de certains noms sur internet et l’avenir de la gouvernance mondiale de l’internet.

Discours Bernard FARGES:
  • Madame la Ministre,
  • Mesdames et Messieurs les Députés et Sénateurs,
  • Madame la Directrice Générale,
  • Mesdames et Messieurs les Présidents,
  • Mesdames et Messieurs les Directeurs,
  • Mesdames, Messieurs, Chers Collègues, Chers Amis,
Madame la Ministre, un an s’est écoulé depuis votre venue devant cette même assemblée et beaucoup de choses se sont passées sur les dossiers .vin et .wine.

Ces deux nouvelles extensions ont fait l’objet d’une délégation par l’ICANN à la société américaine Donuts durant l’été 2015 et sont actuellement en période de lancement. C’est le 27 janvier 2016 qu’aura lieu l’ouverture générale, tout le monde pourra dès lors réserver un nom de domaine se terminant par .vin et .wine.

Heureusement et comme nous l’avions souhaité, des règles spécifiques ont été prévues pour une liste de noms. Je ne détaillerai pas ces règles parce que l’accord que nous avons signé avec Donuts est privé et confidentiel.

Ce que nous pouvons cependant dire, c’est que nous sommes globalement satisfaits des règles qui devraient s’appliquer pour cette liste de noms. L’accord devrait permettre en effet de lutter contre le cybersquatting, la contrefaçon et éviter la confusion. Mais nous tenons à répéter que cet accord ne porte que sur une liste de noms. Tous les autres noms obéiront aux règles générales prévues par l’ICANN, c’est-à-dire la règle du 1er arrivé, 1er servi. Soyons donc prudents lorsque nous communiquons sur ce sujet.

Achetez votre nom de domaine ".vin"
Cet accord a été obtenu dans la douleur après 3 années d’intenses discussions. C’est clairement une première victoire pour la communauté mondiale du vin qui a réussi à faire entendre ses préoccupations au sein de l’ICANN. Merci à nos amis vignerons américains et européens de s’être joints à ce combat légitime.

Cette victoire n’aurait cependant pas été possible sans une forte mobilisation à nos côtés des gouvernements et en particulier du gouvernement français et de notre Secrétaire d’Etat Axelle LEMAIRE. Nous savons à quel point vous avez été courageuse en vous déplaçant à Londres en juin 2014 pour exprimer avec beaucoup de détermination, courage et pugnacité votre opposition à une délégation sans condition des .vin et .wine face à une assemblée hostile et très éloignée dans sa culture de la protection de la propriété intellectuelle. Vous avez été d’autant plus courageuse que vous saviez que le point de vue des gouvernements n’est pris en compte que si le conseil d’administration de l’ICANN le veut bien et s’il y a consensus entre les gouvernements.

Nous tenions donc à vous remercier pour le rôle essentiel que vous avez joué avec les autres Etats membres de l’Union Européenne, la Commission et les Parlements européen et français. Je ne veux pas oublier dans mes remerciements les ministres de l’Agriculture, des Affaires étrangères et de l’Economie qui nous ont soutenus. Merci aussi aux parlementaires et aux élus du Vin de s’être mobilisés.

Pour autant Madame la Ministre, ce dossier et plus largement celui des noms de domaine et de la régulation de l’Internet posent encore beaucoup de question.

L’accord que nous avons signé est un accord commercial. Il est le fruit d’un compromis. Nous veillerons à ce qu’il soit respecté dans sa lettre mais aussi dans son esprit. Nous n’hésiterons pas à prendre encore à témoin si nécessaire l’opinion publique et les gouvernements si nous constatons des dérives.

Plusieurs grandes questions restent posées pour nous:
Tout d’abord celles de la protection d’un certain nombre de noms. Cette protection ne doit pas seulement s’appliquer pour une extension ou 2 comme .vin et .wine mais pour toutes les extensions.

Ensuite les noms qui sont réservés visent uniquement notre secteur. D’autres noms méritent la même protection. Nos amis du secteur des fromages commencent à comprendre que la protection des noms est aussi un enjeu pour eux. Aujourd’hui avec une extension comme .food qui ne prévoit aucune règle de protection en dehors des marques et qui pourrait donc autoriser la vente d’un nom de domaine comme à n’importe qui pour vendre n’importe quoi. Et demain avec une extension comme .cheeese ?

Notre 3ème question est en lien avec le prochain cycle d’ouverture qui serait prévu vers 2018, 2019. Nous pensons qu’il est prématuré de procéder à un nouveau cycle d’ouverture. Ce sont déjà plus de 1 000 nouveaux noms de domaine qui vont voir le jour sur Internet. Que pourrons-nous faire ? Nous protéger en négociant autant d’accord privé qu’il y a de nouveaux noms de domaine ? Impossible. Réserver et donc payer une quantité infinie de noms de domaine pour empêcher le cybersquatting et ou une mauvaise utilisation de nos noms ? Impossible. Créer de nouvelles extensions pour définir nos propres règles ? Cela n’empêchera pas les gens malhonnêtes d’utiliser abusivement nos noms sur les autres noms de domaine et nous serons donc toujours contraints de payer beaucoup pour nous protéger un peu.

Enfin la question du statut de l’ICANN. Le gouvernement américain a décidé de reporter la réforme qui doit donner une plus grande indépendance à l’ICANN. Nous avons constaté en 3 ans le mélange des genres et la proximité entre l’ICANN et l’industrie des noms de domaine. Nous avons aussi constaté que les intérêts de l’industrie prévalaient souvent sur ceux des citoyens. Ce n’est pas normal. Nous demandons nous aussi une réforme de l’ICANN qui lui donne plus d’indépendance, qui l’oblige à plus de transparence et de responsabilité.

Encore merci Madame la Ministre. Mais vous l’aurez compris, nous avons encore besoin de vous.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The .WINE Qualified Launch Program

The .WINE Registry may allocate or register up to one hundred (100) domain names to third parties prior to or during the Sunrise Period in compliance with the Trademark Clearinghouse Rights Protection Mechanism Requirements Qualified Launch Program Addendum.

The .WINE Qualified Launch Program will run from 4 November 2015 – 16 January 2016.

Qualified Launch Program Addendum

This addendum (this “Addendum”) to the Trademark Clearinghouse Rights Protection Mechanism Requirements (the “TMCH Requirements”) is hereby approved by ICANN as of 05 June 2015 and, pursuant to the terms of Section 4.5.1 of the TMCH Requirements, automatically incorporated without further action by either ICANN or any Registry Operator into the TMCH Requirements. All capitalized terms used in this Addendum but not defined herein have the meaning given to them in the TMCH Requirements.
  1. Pursuant to Section 3.2 of Specification 5 of the Agreement, Registry Operator MAY register to itself up to one hundred (100) domain names (plus their IDN variants, where applicable) cumulatively over the life of the TLD. If Registry Operator complies with the terms and conditions of this Addendum, Registry Operator MAY, through an ICANN-accredited registrar, Allocate or register such one hundred (100) domain names (plus their IDN variants, where applicable) to third parties prior to or during the Sunrise Period (each such domain name, a “QLP Name”) for the purpose of promoting the TLD (a “Qualified Launch Program”). Except as permitted by this Addendum, Registry Operator MUST NOT Allocate or register such one hundred (100) domain names (plus their IDN variants, where applicable) to third parties prior to the Allocation and registration of all Sunrise Registrations.
  2. If, at the time Registry Operator seeks to Allocate or register a QLP Name, the QLP Name matches a label contained in the list provided to Registry Operator by the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Provider containing the labels attributable to Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holders (the “Sunrise List”), then such QLP Name MAY be Allocated or registered to a third party registrant as follows:
    1. To a registrant who is a Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holder with a valid SMD file for a label that matches the QLP Name; or
    2. To a registrant who is an international, national, regional, local or municipal governmental authority (a “Public Authority”) and such QLP Name is either identical to, or translation or a transliteration of, (i) the name or acronym of such Public Authority, (ii) the name of a building, park, monument, airport or other public place operated by such Public Authority, (iii) the name of a region, city, street, district or other geographic area under the governance of such Public Authority, or (iv) the name of a recognized public service provided by such Public Authority. Except as permitted by this Section, if a QLP Name matches a label contained in the Sunrise List, such QLP Name MUST NOT as part of the Qualified Launch Program be Allocated or registered to a registrant who is not a SunriseEligible Rights Holder with a valid SMD file for a label that matches the QLP Name.
  3. If, at the time of Allocation or registration of a QLP Name, the QLP Name does not match a label contained in the Sunrise List, then such QLP Name MAY be Allocated or registered to any third party registrant (i.e. does not have to be Allocated or registered to a Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holders), provided that such QLP Name is promptly Allocated or registered to such third party following such review of the Sunrise List.
  4. If Registry Operator reviewed a QLP Name against the Sunrise List at the time such QLP Name was Allocated to a third party, then Registry Operator will not be required to review such QLP Name 2 against the Sunrise List again at the time of the registration of such QLP Name to such third party.
  5. Prior to Allocating or registering any QLP Name, Registry Operator MUST obtain a Sunrise List from the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Provider. Registry Operator MUST obtain a Sunrise List from the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Provider at least once every 24 hours throughout the duration of the Qualified Launch Program. Registry Operator MUST NOT Allocate or register a QLP Name without obtaining the Sunrise List in accordance with the time requirements of this Section 4 and, as contemplated by this Addendum, reviewing the QLP Name against the most recent Sunrise List obtained by Registry Operator. Registry Operator will obtain the Sunrise List from the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Provider in the same manner as it obtains the Domain Name Label (DNL) List (as defined in the Functional Specification). Notwithstanding any provision of this Addendum, Registry Operator MUST NOT Allocate or register a QLP name prior to the delegation of the TLD to nameservers designated by Registry Operator into the root-zone.
  6. Reporting.
    1. Upon and following the first registration of a QLP Name, Registry Operator MUST transmit any QLP Name registered pursuant to Section 2 of this Addendum to the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Operator in its List of Registered Domain Names, as specified in the Functional Specification. Registry Operator acknowledges that ICANN may obtain such list of Registered Domain Names from the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Operator in order to assess Registry Operator’s compliance with the provisions of this Addendum and related provisions of the Agreement.
    2. Promptly following Registry Operator’s Allocation or registration of all one hundred (100) domain names available for Allocation or registration for the TLD pursuant to Section 3.2 of Specification 5 of the Agreement (accounting for Section 7 of this Addendum) or Registry Operator’s decision to not Allocate or register any further QLP Names beyond what it has already Allocated or registered, and in no event later than the end of the Sunrise Period, Registry Operator MUST deliver to ICANN, via the Global Domains Division Portal (, a list of all of its Allocated or registered QLP Names (“QLP Names List”). Additionally, upon ICANN’s request at any time, Registry Operator MUST promptly deliver to ICANN its then current QLP Names List. Registry Operator acknowledges and agrees that ICANN MAY post Registry Operator’s QLP Names List to Registry Operator’s TLD Startup Information page.
  7. Each Allocation or registration of a QLP Name to a third party as permitted by this Addendum will reduce the cumulative number of domain names that could otherwise be registered by Registry Operator for the operation and promotion of the TLD pursuant to Section 3.2 of Specification 5 of the Agreement (i.e. if Registry Operator registers 20 QLP Names, Registry Operator will only have 80 domain names available to it under Section 3.2 of Specification 5 of the Agreement over the life of the TLD, either for its own use or for use as a QLP Name).
  8. Except for QLP Names Allocated or registered pursuant to Section 2.1 of this Addendum, Registry Operator MUST provide the Claims Services for each QLP Name registered to a third party.
  9. A registration of a QLP Name is deemed a “Sunrise Registration” for purposes of the TMCH Requirements and the Agreement. 3
  10. Notwithstanding any provision of this Addendum, Registry Operator must comply with Section 6 of Specification 6 of the Registry Agreement in connection with the registration of any QLP Name.
For more information, contact the Nameshield Group.

Monday, October 5, 2015

.VIN & .WINE new gTLDs are here, Thanks to Politicians

It is no news that the .WINE and .VIN new gTLDs are to be announced soon by Donuts and if the month of November is the very month everybody has been waiting for, at the beginning of the Sunrise Periods, many questions arise regarding the protection of wine geographical indications.

Axelle Lemaire
There is a lot to say regarding the length of time it took to launch .wine and .vin new gTLDs and, most of all, how difficult it has been to protect its wine Geographical Indications (also called "wine GIs"). The "French way" has been very efficient in facing such a threat to our culture. That is to be demonstrated when these two new gTLD launch. France has had French experts working on how to protect wine GIs but we've also had politicians handling the problem and help find solutions.

Read the end of this article here on CircleId and prepare your .WINE and .VIN Sunrise Periods with Nameshield.

Friday, June 5, 2015

How will .WINE and .WIN new gTLDs coexist?

The .WINE new gTLD situation
Nobody knows if .WINE new gTLD will ever see the day. It is possible that the situation remains as it is: a "no situation". If we stick to the ICANN new gTLD applicant guidebook which says that Round 2 should start within the year following the end of Round 1; it means that this .WINE "no situation" could block Round 2 from happening if no solution is found...

Who cares?
Both applicants and contestants wanted that, didn't they? I am confident the ICANN will solve this situation whatever the new gTLD applicant guidebook says but one question remains: what happens when .WINE launches and; a question to have now AND NOT IN 10 years; what happens if both .WINE and .WIN new gTLDs have to coexist?

.WIN new gTLD has launched
The .WIN new gTLD application was submitted by Famous Four Media, a friendly company based in Gibraltar. The applicant also submitted an application for .WINE but withdrew it for a reason only Bacchus knows (in fact, there is a story around this but I find it really boring to count it again).

Mission and Purpose of ".WIN"
Extracted from the application itself: "The Applicant’s mission and purpose is to create an environment where individuals and companies can interact and express themselves in ways never before seen on the Internet, in a more targeted, secure and stable environment. Its aim is to become the premier online destination for such creators and their wide range of users. The Applicant will create an Internet space whose central function is to provide a platform for creating, producing and disseminating informative, creative and innovative content that is easily recognizable as pertaining to its stakeholder group. The Applicant is acutely aware of the importance of ICANN’s mission in coordinating the global Internetʹs systems of unique identifiers and ensuring their secure and stable operation. The Applicant’s core focus is to create a secure, sustainable, and specialized gTLD, thus supporting ICANN’s primary goals for this program in promoting consumer trust, consumer choice, competition and innovation". For more, have a look here.

Questions to have if both TLDs ever have to coexist
You probably noticed that .WINE is the same as .WIN but with an "E" added (...) Here is a few questions that come to my mind if both new gTLDs were to coexist one day. Note that this intense thinking is valid for the 10 coming years:
  1. If you are a wine producer with the intention to register a domain name ending in ".wine": what happens if someone registers the same domain in ".win" in the coming days (the ".win" new gTLD just entered its Sunrise Period)?
    1. If you are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), you should receive a notice about a similar registration but another suggestion could be to register your ".win" domain name now.
    2. If you are not registered in the TMCH but have a Trademark, I suggest to do this now with an agent;
    3. If you don't have a Trademark, I suggest you to ask the following question in the Trademark Clearinghouse LinkedIn group: "what is the fastest way to register a Trademark and who should I do that with?", then proceed with an Agent.
    4. If you don't have the money to register a Trademark, don't tell anybody about your situation and secure your domain name as soon as Monday, 3 August, 2015 - 16:00 (more or less) with Uniregistry: one of the cheapest Registrar in the Industry.
  2. What's the plan if you are registering a ".win" domain name but can't avoid to miss the same domain name when ".wine" launches? Read above.
  3. What if .WINE is cancelled by ICANN (you never know) and I registered a ".win" domain name: what should I do with it? Keep it... If .WINE (and .VIN by the way) new gTLD(s) don't see the day in the first Round, they probably will in the second one (2017/2018 hopefully).
I strongly recommend to submit your Datas in the Trademark Clearinghouse for the reasons explained above. I'll come back on .WINE when something happens.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Independent Review on .WINE & .VIN new gTLDs

Protection of wine GIs
According to a source, and possibly ICANN, there will (should?) soon be more information on .WINE and .VIN new gTLDs. After more than two years waiting, let's hope 2015 is the year for domain names ending in .WINE, and wine Geographical Indications to have their protection mechanism in the domain name registration process.

The Independent Review Process
Publication of applications for .WINE and .VIN new generic Top-Level Domains were announced mid 2012 and the Independent Review Processes for both applications were initiated in July the 4, 2014 by the European Commission (EU member states). There are a lot more stories to read about these on CircleId and dates can be found here.

Recent emails sent to ICANN on that question:
  1. To Amy Stathos:
    1. Question: ...could you point me to a place on the ICANN website (a link will do) where is clarified the exact role of Hogan & Lovells protecting wine Geographical Indications in .WINE & .VIN ?
    2. Answer: none received.
  2. To new gTLD support:
    1. Question: ...when will ICANN do any update on .WINE and .VIN new gTLDs? If there are any, what are they or where can I read more about the situation?"
    2. Answer: ...On 8 July 2014, the Wine Industry Organization invoked a Cooperative Engagement Process regarding the applications for .WINE and .VIN ( Future updates regarding this CEP may be viewed at Per ICANN processes, the application status has been changed to “On-Hold” pending the resolution of this ICANN Accountability Mechanism.
  3. To Hogan Lovells:
    1. Question: "Le nom de "Hogan Lovells" a été mentionné, ce jour, aux RINDD de Safebrands dans le cadre de la gestion du litige .WINE / .VIN (protection, des IGs notamment). Cette information est-elle publique, si oui, où?"
      Translation: the name of Hogan Lovells was mentioned during the French RINDD (a French conference about domain names) on the subject of protecting wine Geographical Indications in .WINE & .VIN new gTLDs. Is this information public and if it is, where can I find it?
    2. Answer: none received.
There seems to be some kind of nebula around .WINE and .VIN new gTLDs and actually, very few people will answer questions about these applications.

If the participation of Hogan Lovells in Famous Four Media's project (Famous Four Media was one of 3 applicants for .WINE new gTLDs before Donuts won the auction) is no secret story, I believe one of the reasons must be the money involved in trying to find solutions added to the incapacity of "someone" (applicant or ICANN) to act.

But...what takes so long for ICANN to finally decide? Whatever decision is taken, let's see if they do better than this ;-)

Friday, November 28, 2014

New .VIN domain names: what about accents?

What exactly is that "reserved list of names" Fadi Chehadé refers to in his letter dated October the 22nd? If we already have an idea, we wonder if they considered protecting more than just "accents". The name of Hogan Lovells was mentionned in the last Safebrands "RINDD" and their input on this question is welcome if they are the company to be working on that list.

What about accents?
One could think that English website owners would register their domain name ending in .WINE and those in French in .VIN. In a world where things would be black or white I would agree, but we live in a world where everything is grey so potential Registrants will probably register their domain name in the two extensions.

We use accents in French and for this reason, you won't see a French bottle of wine sold in an English speaking country where accents would be taken away from the sticker, in particular when the name of a wine Geographical Indication adds to promoting the Trademark on the bottle.

If accents are a strong added value when it comes to selling wine, we believe - for sure - that combination of signs including accents are part of that list of reserved names. An example for "Béarn": will the "Bearn" (with no accent) Geographical Indication be protected as well as "Béarn" with an accent? If and are reserved, what about bé and bé
In this case, that is two names reserved in two fifferent extensions.

Spaces do not exist in domain names...
The same case figure applies to Geographical Indications using multiple keywords. What about protecting "Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet" and "Banyuls grand cru"? You noticed that hyphens and spaces were added to the problem and if "Bienvenues-Bâ" is offered to be reserved in the .Wine  and .Vin extensions, what about:
  1. BienvenuesBâ;
  2. BienvenuesBâ;
  4. Bienvenues-Bâ;
  6. ...
This is a long list, even longer if spaces between letters need to be replaced by "something". Is the "hyphen" to replace spaces? In this case a GI such as "Banyuls grand cru" should require to reserve:
  5. The same name in the .VIN Top-Level Domain.
For this last example, this means reserving eight names for two extensions: eight domain names for one single wine Geographical Indication...

What about plurals?
One Wine Geographical Indication wouldn't want to see reserved all of these combinations and take the risk to have someone register a "BienvenueBâ", getting rid of the "s" in "Bienvenues") or adding one to a "" when it does not take any.

If these examples look like paranoia...they remain real ones: plural is a factor to consider in the protection of Wine Geographical Indications and if it wasn't, why then (with an "s") is redirected to (with no "s")?

What about a GI using accents, spaces, hyphens and an apostrophy in the same name?
I will let readers play with the "Chambertin-Clos de Bèze", "Côtes de Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire" and "Duché d’Uzès" examples.


The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH)
The TMCH could be an alternative to these coming problems. For any Brand interested in .WINE and .VIN Sunrise Periods, I would suggest to register: "abused labels in which the trademark is simply included could be submitted to the Clearinghouse as long as they meet all the eligibility requirements".

Is everyone satisfied?
The more domains will be reserved, the more it will probably cost to use them since they will require to be "unlocked" (taken out of the reserved list of names to be registered). If we agree that protection has a cost, it is possible that I am wrong and that such mechanism to register these domain names is a smooth and cheap process.
In this case I believe both parties are satisfied: wine Geographical Indications are protected from bad behaviors and .WINE and .VIN Registries have an existing list of domain name already promoted with potential buyers coming.

But...where is that list?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Everyone can participate in ICANN decisions ? Come on...

I participated in the French RINDD today in Paris: RINDD stands for "Rencontres Internationales des Noms de Domaine". The translation would be "The International Domain Name Conference". This event is organized once a year by SafeBrands, an International French Registrar. Many participants were there: the ICANN, Law Firms, Donuts, other new gTLD applicants, back-end Registries and many experts of all kinds...

Round Tables and debates
There were round tables on several subjects and it was particularly appreciated to hear Donuts, applicant for hundreds of new gTLDs, to answer questions in French, and sometimes, direct ones. I was kind enough not to ask publicly how much they paid for the .WINE new gTLD.

If I am always interested in hearing participants like Mathieu Weill and listen to his figures about the new gTLD market, the potential of new gTLDs, his open questions on the possible success and failures of new gTLD initiatives, new business models...there is one subject which really pisses me off, it is when I hear someone say that "everybody can participate in ICANN decisions". 

"Everybody can participate in ICANN decisions"
I have the chance to belong to one of the ICANN group named the NCUC, which has a "real voting power in ICANN’s policy making and Board selection, the NCUC develops and supports positions that favor noncommercial communication and activity on the Internet". NCUC stands for "Noncommercial Users Constituency": a group anyone can join to represent ... non-commercial end users (the only "real" end users to me).
I joined that group because I believed it could block things like Plural and Singular domain name extensions to coexist. I admit I failed in participating enough to block this from happening: domain names ending in .hotel and .hotels (with an "s") will always be confusing for end users.

No: you can't participate in ICANN decisions
...but you can try...

A good example to give is this letter sent by the ICANN CEO to French Ministry Axelle Lemaire regarding protecting wine Geographical Indications and which says: "The parties involved are now working on devising a mechanism which would offer protections to a reserved list of names, which would be contractually protected through ICANN’s registry agreement".

Come're not going to talk about Project dotVinum again?
We tried to "participate" in ICANN decisions in April 2013 the 3rd, providing solutions to protect wine Geographical Indications. We wrote to ICANN, who published our letter, and its subject was "Hints and Solution for the Protection of Wine Geographical Indications in the ICANN New gTLD Program". Guess what we offered as a solution in this letter: we offered to protect lists of names...

So what?
Not only ICANN never answered us, which probably shows that we are not as honorable as Axelle Lemaire, but we are pretty much surprised that it is our solution that the ICANN CEO now uses as one to unlock the situation for both .WINE and .VIN new gTLDs.

It is a pity that so many years were wasted and that ICANN never called us: Project dotVinum for wine Registries was launched in 2011, introduced to the French Ministère de l'Agriculture and a few of other wine institutions.
We also find funny that the Law Firm in charge of "finding solutions" has come to that conclusion and we are happy to have "shown the way".

So, can you participate in ICANN decisions? Check by yourself. Note that we are not naive neither...we know how it works...and on .WINE, it works behind the scene: end users are not welcome to play.

More coming on ethic? ;-)

Monday, November 17, 2014

New .WINE and .VIN are now Political Tools

The more I follow the .WINE & .VIN opera, the more I start to believe that the idea is either to kill both new gTLD applications to free space in Round 2 of the ICANN new gTLD program or make this subject a political tool “only” to increase Europe’s presence in ICANN decisions.

Flying high above the sky

If there still is a wish from the European Commission to help .WINE and .VIN to become the strongest identity European wines could ever have on Internet, I would like to understand why the situation is still blocked:
  1. There is a list of protected domains the ICANN CEO is trying to offer for protection: I have few doubts this one won’t go through;
  2. There is a protection mechanism that the EU is trying to have set-up but which seems to be part of the reason why the situation is blocked. The strange thing about this new measure is that there is one existing already and it is called the Trademark Clearinghouse: if a wine Geographical Indication is registered into this database AND the corresponding domain name(s) registered, then there is no lack of protection;
  3. …the recent communication from Philippe Armand Martin, at the French Assemblée Nationale, says one thing: the fact that a possible decision relies on the next European Council dated November the 27th 2014 is a clear proof that the French Government understands nothing (or very few) about new gTLD procedures (and by the way, .COFFEE new gTLD was launched already). If the idea is to block .WINE and .VIN because, we – European (French ?) – “missed the train”, then I would suggest to consider: not building a new root but a complete new Internet Governed and by us with European rules, because thinking this council will change anything is a mistake. It is like thinking the WTO can affect this situation. This ever lasting situation shows again how inefficient and slow, we, European, can be. In his speech, I particularly like Jean-Louis Roumegas’s offer “to open a global discussion on this issue”.
    As it is built, the ICANN new gTLD program offers no solution but to slow down the process. What the ICANN is doing participating in slowing down this process is already against its own rules: according to my understanding of the ICANN new gTLD applicant Guidebook (also called the “AGB”), this problem should have been solved a long time ago.
Whatever decision is taken in November the 27th, the ICANN Board does not have to approve it just to please European Member States and a few American Organizations who think wine GIs and/or their equivalent should be protected.

Someone will cry

There is still zero reason why both applications should not proceed: my understanding of the the ICANN CEO’s personal contribution to this issue is that ICANN will then have to face the reaction of both parties if it approves .WINE & .VIN or not. In both cases, someone will cry so who should that be: Donuts for investing so much time and money to find out that ICANN changes the rules again for the benefit of the European Commission (EC), or the European Commission for wasting so much time in trying to protect wine GIs and finding out in the end that very few was changed?

So what really is the problem then?

The real actual problem is that ICANN needs to find a solution to demonstrate that its methodology to apply for a domain name extension is finalized and can face a situation such as the .WINE one; AND it needs to please the party which thinks that it is being fooled. If I could almost agree that the methodology is finalized, I believe there is no solution to please the EC with its requests.

Note that it would help quite a lot if it was clear about what the EC wants and as for now, the negotiation between parties involved has not been made public.

What happens next

.WINE and .VIN are a GO “as they are

If the ICANN Board says OK to .WINE and .VIN, no matter what the European Commission thinks, then the ICANN confirms its position as an American organization who does not really care about the rest of the world, no matter what Axelle Lemaire thinks.

.WINE and .VIN are no GO

ICANN confirms that its methodology to apply for a new gTLD has a breach and I believe it then should have to answer Donuts on the reason why it blocked the company from succeeding after following the ICANN new gTLD applicant guidebook procedure.

A deadline please?

If no one, even ICANN, can give a dead line, the next step comes after the 27th and it is quite possible that the ICANN Board, sole entity to be able to say “yes” or “no”, says: “let’s give parties involved a little more time to find a solution. I personally hope this is not the answer but according to me, the ICANN wants to please the European Commission and avoid…a lawsuit.

My fear here is that the “no dead line situation” has been accepted by all parties and it looks like it is easier for ICANN to remain this way instead of taking the risk to act. Unfortunately and according the the AGB, there can’t be a Round 2 if this situation is not solved so let’s expect something to happen…someday.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Qu'il est bon ce .VIN californien

Les extensions du Vin seront Californiennes

Les nouvelles extensions Internet apparaissent peu à peu sur Internet et de nombreux nouveaux sites Web voient le jour. Terminé les noms de domaine qui se terminent en .COM, c’est à présent au tour des .BERLIN, des .CLUB et des .INTERNATIONAL de se faire un nom.

Pourtant, si ces noms tardent à se faire connaître, il existe deux nouvelles extensions, en instance de validation, dont on parle beaucoup. Il s’agit des deux candidatures déposées à l’ICANN - l’organisme de gouvernance des noms de domaine - pour le vin: des noms de domaine qui se termineront en .VIN et en .WINE. Le site Web de Nicolas changera probablement, nous l’espérons, pour un .VIN.

Lire cet article sur le Journal Du Net.

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