geographic names

Review of Heather Ann Forrest, Protection of Geographic Names in International Law and Domain Name System Policy (2013, Wolters Kluwer) 339 pages including bibliography, tables and diagrams.

The history of the landmark UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) decision in 2006 on shines light on an important legal precedent for the acceptance of non-governmental use of significant geographical names in the Internet Domain Name System.
The narrative is supplemented by an overview of the development of geographical names policy in the domain name system from its inception through the development of ICANN?s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), and how Panelists applied it to geographical name disputes including references to the first and second WIPO reports.

This article offers insight into why geographic domain names remain problematic more than two decades after these issues first arose, identifies trends in DNS policy respecting geographic names and highlights the impact on various Internet stakeholders of current policy and decisions.

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