Napa Valley Wants to Stop ICANN from Giving ".Wine" and ".Vin" Domains

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July 5, 2014

The use of domain name endings on the Internet has taken a new twist. California Democratic Congressman Mike Thompson asked the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers (ICANN) to ban the use of .wine and .vin domains by people or entities that have no connection to the wine business in order to protect the interests of vineyards around the world. Thompson represents the 5th District of California, which encompasses Napa County, the home of many vineyards. He was echoing Rep. Anna Eshoo, from the Silicon Valley, who asked ICANN in late June for those wine-specific domain endings, also called generic top-level domains (gLTDs), to “be permanently withdrawn from consideration.” Eshoo wrote, “Specifically, it’s my understanding that the .wine and .vin gLTDs have been met with fierce opposition from the wine industry, both here in the U.S. and around the world. Given those concerns… I urge you to advocate for the .wine and .vin gTLDs to be permanently withdrawn from consideration.” Seven regional wine organizations have joined to protest the sale to the highest bidder of the two gLTD’s. Those organizations are the Oregon Winegrowers Association, representing 545 wineries, the Napa Valley Vintners (500

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