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Complaint against Symantec having the Antivirus gTLD

Complaint against Symantec having the Antivirus gTLD

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GAC (Governmental Advisory Committee) early warning against Symantec's application for the gTLD .antivirus
GAC (Governmental Advisory Committee) early warning against Symantec's application for the gTLD .antivirus

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GACEarlyWarning–SubmittalAntivirus-AU-34295
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ApplicationID:
1-1027-34295
Entity/ApplicantName:
SymantecCorporation
String:
.antivirus
EarlyWarningIssueDate:
20November2012

EarlyWarningDescription–Thiswillbepostedpublicly:
Competition:SymantecCorporationisseekingexclusiveaccesstoacommongenericstring(.antivirus)thatrelatestoabroadmarketsector.
Reason/RationalefortheWarning–Thiswillbepostedpublicly:
Theproposedstring,.antivirus,isacommongenerictermrelatingtoamarketsector.SymantecCorporationisproposingtoexcludeanyotherentities,includingpotentialcompetitors,fromusingtheTLD.Restrictingcommongenericstringsfortheexclusiveuseofasingleentitycouldhaveunintendedconsequences,includinganegativeimpactoncompetition.Earlywarningsprovideamechanismtoinitiateadiscussionbetweenagovernmentandanapplicantonparticularissuesorquestions.Itisintendedthataconstructivedialoguethroughthisprocesswillassistapplicantstobetterunderstandtheconcernsofgovernments,andhelpgovernmentstobetterunderstandtheplannedoperationofproposedgTLDs.
PossibleRemediationstepsforApplicant–Thiswillbepostedpublicly:
SymantecCorporationshouldspecifytransparentcriteriaforthirdpartyaccesstotheTLD.ThesecriteriashouldbeappropriateforthetypesofriskassociatedwiththeTLD,andshouldnotsetanti-competitiveordiscriminatoryconditionsrelatingtoaccessbythirdparties.ThesecriteriashouldformpartofanybindingcontractwithICANN,andbesubjecttoclearcomplianceoversightbyICANN.
 
GACEarlyWarning–SubmittalAntivirus-AU-34295
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FurtherNotesfromGACMember(s)(Optional)–Thiswillbepostedpublicly:
ThisEarlyWarningisfromtheDepartmentofBroadband,CommunicationsandtheDigitalEconomy(DBCDE),onbehalfoftheAustralianGovernment.Inthefirstinstance,communicationsandresponsestothisearlywarningshouldbeemailedtogacearlywarning@gac.icann.org,withthetext“AustralianEW”andtheapplicationIDinthesubjectfield.
INFORMATIONFORAPPLICANTSAboutGACEarlyWarning
TheGACEarlyWarningisanoticeonly.Itisnotaformalobjection,nordoesitdirectlyleadtoaprocessthatcanresultinrejectionoftheapplication.However,aGACEarlyWarningshouldbetakenseriouslyasitraisesthelikelihoodthattheapplicationcouldbethesubjectofGACAdviceonNewgTLDsorofaformalobjectionatalaterstageintheprocess.Refertosection1.1.2.4oftheApplicantGuidebook(http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/agb)formoreinformationonGACEarlyWarning.
InstructionsifyoureceivetheEarlyWarning
ICANNstronglyencouragesyouworkwithrelevantpartiesassoonaspossibletoaddresstheconcernsvoicedintheGACEarlyWarning.AskingquestionsaboutyourGACEarlyWarning
IfyouhavequestionsorneedclarificationaboutyourGACEarlyWarning,pleasecontactgacearlywarning@gac.icann.org.Ashighlightedabove,ICANNstronglyencouragesyoutocontactgacearlywarning@gac.icann.orgassoonaspracticableregardingtheissuesidentifiedintheEarlyWarning.
Continuingwithyourapplication
Ifyouchoosetocontinuewiththeapplication,thenthe“Applicant’sResponse”sectionbelowshouldbecompleted.Inthissection,youshouldnotifytheGACofintendedactions,includingtheexpectedcompletiondate.Thiscompletedformshouldthenbesenttogacearlywarning@gac.icann.org.Ifyourremediationstepsinvolvesubmittingrequestsforchangestoyourapplication,seethechangerequestprocessathttp://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/customer-service/change-requests.Intheabsenceofaresponse,ICANNwillcontinuetoprocesstheapplicationassubmitted.
Withdrawingyourapplication
Ifyouchoosetowithdrawyourapplicationwithinthe21-daywindowtobeeligibleforarefundof80%oftheevaluationfee(USD148,000),pleasefollowthewithdrawalprocesspublishedat
 
GACEarlyWarning–SubmittalAntivirus-AU-34295
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http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/customer-service/withdrawal-refund.Notethatanapplicationcanstillbewithdrawnafterthe21-daytimeperiod;however,theavailablerefundamountisreduced.Seesection1.5oftheApplicantGuidebook.
Forquestionspleasecontact:gacearlywarning@gac.icann.org
ApplicantResponse:

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