May 2, 2011
CentralNic, .US.ORG Reserve Olympics Trademark and More
Unlike the trademarks of virtually all other non-profit organizations, the Olympic marks are protected worldwide by special legislation.
.US.ORG announced its decision on April 29 to place the well-known Olympics trademark on a reserved names list rather than offering them for sale on a first-come first-served basis, as has previously been the tradition in the domain name industry.
Just as .US.ORG represents a more responsible and ethical online space, the Olympic movement embodies such values as peace, development, education, health and equality, and the special status of Olympic trademarks has been recognized in legislation, treaties and legal precedent worldwide. On that basis, CentralNic, the registry behind .US.ORG and 25 other domain extensions, approached and consulted with the counsel of the International Olympic Committee and the US Olympic Committee, and agreed to reserve the Olympic trademarks in all of its domain extensions.
"We are delighted to announce this as the first step in protecting the special status of trademarks recognized by worldwide statute," said Ben Crawford, CEO, CentralNic.
Unlike the trademarks of virtually all other non-profit organizations, the Olympic marks are protected worldwide by special legislation. Moreover, CentralNic will also reserve the marks of any other prominent international non-profit organizations that currently enjoy worldwide statutory protection. By reserving the corresponding .US.ORG domain for such international trademarks, CentralNic will help prevent knock-off sites, traffic diversion, cybersquatting, brand abuse and the myriad other problems trademark owners typically endure in gTLD and ccTLD domains.