decision published this week and dated October 23,
panellist Guido Tawil upheld a complaint filed by SportAccord
(which has a competing application for .sport).
SportAccord claimed to be an established international
representative institution of the sport community, comprising
107 international sports federations and other
It argued that the sport community was targeted by Famous
Four’s .sport gTLD and that the
community’s rights and legitimate interests would
suffer material detriment.
Tawil decided that, even though SportAccord may not
represent the entire sports community "it acts for a
preponderant part of such community" and that its membership
"is accessible to any organization" complying with its minimum
He also found that the sport community "is a community that
clearly distinguishes itself from other communities by its
characteristics, objectives and values and is therefore
Famous Four, based in Gibraltar, has applied to run 61
gTLDs. In a
statement, the company said the decision "strikes right at
the heart of the concept of freedom of expression" and confirms
concerns that "the community objection process could be
hijacked by competing applicants".
"Famous Four Media is disappointed that the Panellist fails
entirely to take into account that he objector is a competing
applicant merely trying to game the system, and avoid the more
rigid scrutiny of the Community Priority Evaluation process,"
So far, nine community objections have been determined. As
Managing IP recently
reported, a complaint filed by the US Polo Association
against Ralph Lauren’s application for .polo was
A complaint against an applications for .architect has been
successful but complaints against .fly, .gay, .halal, .islam,
persiangulf, .reisen and .shop were all rejected.
For more comment on the .sport case, see blog posts on
The Domains, Domain
Domain Name Wire.
According to the determination, neither party used outside
counsel in the case.