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APTLD Comment on release of Country and Territory Names by 11 Brand Registries

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On 9 Mar 2017, the APTLD community submitted its comments on the ICANN’s
Release of Country and Territory Names within
the .IKANO, .SAXO, .SCOR, .SANDVIK, .WALTER, .SANDVIKCOROMANT, .VISTA, .VISTA

PRINT, .BARCLAYS, .BARCLAYCARD and .HERMES TLDs.

Statement of APTLD on Release of Country and Territory Names by 11 Brand Registries
APTLD would like to thank ICANN for having the opportunity to discuss within the Asia Pacific name community on the requests by 11 Brand Registries (BRs) to release the country and territory names at the 2nd level under the new gTLD name space.
In general, APTLD members have no concern for the 11 Brand Registries to release the country and territory names under the 2nd Level of the gTLD space, if the requirements under Specification 5 of the Registry Agreement are complied with. That is, BRs are to seek agreement from the governments who have notified the GAC of the
requirement for Registry Operators (including Brand Registries) to notify them.
Next, ICANN has to make known its criteria for approving the requests by Registry Operators for release of the country and territory names. Notwithstanding, ICANN has to look into a dispute resolution mechanism between governments and ccTLDs managers and Registry Operators (including Brand Registries).

APTLD requests ICANN to take into account the view and suggestion of the names community in the Asia Pacific region.
The above Comments can be found at: https://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-ctnrelease-tlds-12jan17/