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Declaration by the Elected Representatives concerning the opening of the “.vin” and “.wine” domain names


	
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07/03/2014 | arev

 

The ICANN cannot decide the future of our economies

The governance of the internet is not a matter to be taken lightly. The debates concerning the opening of the new domain names by the ICANN demonstrate this: digital technology concretely impacts on our economies. Governing the internet equates to governing our economies.  As the elected representatives of the wine-making regions, we are particularly concerned by the opening of the new “.vin” and “.wine” domain names.

Declaration by the Elected Representatives concerning the opening of the “.vin” and “.wine” domain names

The ICANN cannot decide the future of our economies

 

The governance of the internet is not a matter to be taken lightly. The debates concerning the opening of the new domain names by the ICANN demonstrate this: digital technology concretely impacts on our economies. Governing the internet equates to governing our economies.  As the elected representatives of the wine-making regions, we are particularly concerned by the opening of the new “.vin” and “.wine” domain names.

 

During the 50th session of the ICANN, which took place in London from the 22nd to the 26th of June, the discussions on this subject were extremely tense, particularly regarding the protection on the internet of a major economic sector within the European Union: the Geographical Indications (AOP/AOC, IGP). Despite active opposition from France, which has adopted a strong stance on the subject, as well as opposition from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Switzerland, the ICANN bowed to pressure from the United States and decided to authorise the use of the “.vin” and “.wine” domain names without protection for the Geographical Indications. A large American distribution company may now purchase domain names such as “www.champagne.wine” or “www.bourgogne.wine” and sell sparkling Californian wine or Chilean red wine with complete impunity.

 

As the representatives of the wine-makers in our regions, we cannot accept this digital plundering. A Californian sparkling wine, however good it may be, will never be the same as genuine Champagne, because our territories and their characteristics are different.

 

Consequently:

  • We call upon the French government and the European Union to implement legal measures to block all offending internet sites using European community legislation.
  • We call upon the French government and the European Union to take all the necessary measures to accelerate the reform of internet governance, with or without the ICANN.
  • We invite all of Europe’s wine-making regions to mobilise themselves in order to defend the Geographical Indications on the internet.
  • We invite all the economic players to be extremely vigilant concerning the opening of these new domain names on the internet and thus be able to protect their digital economic potential.

 

The debates regarding the opening of the “.vin” and “.wine” domain names are now relevant to several other economic sectors, which could also be threatened by the ICANN opening further new internet domain names without consultation.  We are aware that the question of the protection of quality marks on the internet is particularly relevant at the moment with the opening of the new “.food” and “.coffee” domain names.  We are also concerned about the protection of the names of local communities on the internet due to the opening of certain new domain names such as “.guide”, and we will mobilise the communities concerned in the event of abusive usage.

 

Joint declaration by:

  • Philippe Armand Martin, Deputy of the Marne, co-president of the National Association of Vine and Wine Representatives (ANEV)
  • Francois Patriat, President of the Burgundy region, Senator of the Cote d’Or, co-president of the ANEV
  • Catherine Quéré,  Deputy of the Charente Maritime, president of the Viticulture study panel at the National Assembly
  • Gérard César, Senator of the Gironde, president of the Vine and Wine study panel at the Senate
  • Alain Suguenot, Deputy of the Cote d’Or, president of the Oenology and territory study panel at the National Assembly
  • Jean-Paul Bachy, President of the Champagne-Ardenne region,  president of the Assembly of European Wine-producing Regions (AREV)

 

Press contact : Jean-Benoit Kremer: 01 53 29 92 83

 

  

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