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Government Reserved Name Categories

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The following section outlines the categories that a domain name must be classified under. The purpose of the categories is to identify the type of reservation, make it easier to understand a reservation and its intended future purpose, as well as identify names that are offensive and require permanent removal from future registrations.

The following categories are available:


1. Geographic Names

This category will contain names of recognised geographic areas and features that are of substantial significance to Governmental Authorities, including variants and common expressions for these names.

Examples include the names of:

  • countries and provinces;
  • capital cities and provincial capitals;
  • major towns and metropolitan areas;
  • major rivers, mountains and lakes; and
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites and national parks & reserves.

In applying for reservation of a geographic name, the Representative must explain the importance and significance of the name to the Governmental Authority concerned.



2. Religious, Cultural and Linguistic Names

This category will contain religious, cultural or linguistic names that are of substantial significance and uniquely linked to Governmental Authorities, including variants and common expressions for these names.

Examples include names of:

  • languages;
  • tribes and peoples;
  • religious groups; and
  • people and places of cultural or historic significance.

In applying for reservation of religious, cultural or linguistic names, the Representative must explain the importance and significance of the name to the Governmental Authority concerned.



3. Economic and Public Interest Names

This category will contain names that are of substantial economic or public interest significance and uniquely linked to Governmental Authorities, including variants and common expressions for these names.

In applying for reservation of economic and public interest names, the Representative must explain the importance and significance of the name to the Governmental Authority concerned.

In order to establish significant economic importance the Representative must show that:

  • Significant economic or public benefit has accrued in the past from the use of the name;
  • Use of the name by the Beneficiary would be substantially in the economic or public interest of the Governmental Authority; and / or
  • Use other than by the Beneficiary would result in substantial prejudice or harm to the Governmental Authority.



4. Offensive

A name will be considered an offensive name if the name itself would inherently have the effect of advocating prejudice or hate on the basis of race, ethnicity, political association, gender, sexuality, religion, conscience, or culture; or have the effect of inciting violence or the causing of harm to any person or class of persons, whether on any of the aforementioned grounds or otherwise.

If the application is successful, the Administrator will reserve the name indefinitely.