Inside ICANNWatch  
Submit Story
Lost Password
Site Messages
Top 10 Lists
Latest Comments
Search by topic

Our Mission
ICANN for Beginners
About Us
How To Use This Site
Slash Tech Info
Link to Us
Write to Us

  Useful ICANN sites  
  • ICANN itself
  • Bret Fausett's ICANN Blog
  • Internet Governance Project
  • UN Working Group on Internet Governance
  • Karl Auerbach web site
  • Müller-Maguhn home
  • UDRPinfo.com;
  • UDRPlaw.net;
  • CircleID;
  • LatinoamerICANN Project
  • ICB Tollfree News

  •   At Large Membership and Civil Society Participation in ICANN  
  • icannatlarge.com;
  • Noncommercial Users Constituency of ICANN
  • NAIS Project
  • ICANN At Large Study Committee Final Report
  • ICANN (non)Members page
  • ICANN Membership Election site

  • ICANN-Related Reading
    Browse ICANNWatch by Subject

    Ted Byfied
    - ICANN: Defending Our Precious Bodily Fluids
    - Ushering in Banality
    - ICANN! No U CANN't!
    - roving_reporter
    - DNS: A Short History and a Short Future

    David Farber
    - Overcoming ICANN (PFIR statement)

    A. Michael Froomkin
    - When We Say US™, We Mean It!
    - ICANN 2.0: Meet The New Boss
    - Habermas@ discourse.net: Toward a Critical Theory of Cyberspace
    - ICANN and Anti-Trust (with Mark Lemley)
    - Wrong Turn in Cyberspace: Using ICANN to Route Around the APA & the Constitution (html)
    - Form and Substance in Cyberspace
    - ICANN's "Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy"-- Causes and (Partial) Cures

    Milton Mueller
    - Ruling the Root
    - Success by Default: A New Profile of Domain Name Trademark Disputes under ICANN's UDRP
    - Dancing the Quango: ICANN as International Regulatory Regime
    - Goverments and Country Names: ICANN's Transformation into an Intergovernmental Regime
    - Competing DNS Roots: Creative Destruction or Just Plain Destruction?
    - Rough Justice: A Statistical Assessment of the UDRP
    - ICANN and Internet Governance

    David Post
    - Governing Cyberspace, or Where is James Madison When We Need Him?
    - The 'Unsettled Paradox': The Internet, the State, and the Consent of the Governed

    Jonathan Weinberg
    - Sitefinder and Internet Governance
    - ICANN, Internet Stability, and New Top Level Domains
    - Geeks and Greeks
    - ICANN and the Problem of Legitimacy

    Highlights of the ICANNWatch Archive
    (June 1999 - March 2001)

    Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) One more week (^H^H^H five more weeks) to comment
    posted by jon on Monday April 30 2001, @08:19AM

    on WIPO's draft report recommending expansion of the UDRP, and prohibitions on the registration of new classes of domain names. The UDRP, you'll remember, was rooted in large part on an earlier report from WIPO; that document was explicit that its plan was not "to create new rights of intellectual property, nor to accord greater protection to intellectual property in cyberspace than that which exists elsewhere." Rather, the stated goal of the UDRP was to create a faster, cheaper, easier way for trademark owners, in the particular context of domain-name registration, to protect the rights they already had under national law. But WIPO's new recommendations are different.

    The gist of WIPO's new draft report is to recommend a set of new restrictions on the registration of domain names that have no parallels in national law. For example, the report recommends that folks be prohibited from registering ibuprofen.com (or the name of any other generic drug). Why? It isn't illegal to register such a domain name; nobody could successfully sue you for it. But the folks at the World Health Organization have convinced the folks at WIPO that for such domain names to exist would be a bad thing; ordinary people might get . . . confused. So WIPO says that forbidding the registrations would be good policy, and somebody should make it so.

    And the draft report goes on to recommend a variety of other restrictions and prohibitions of legal domain names. WIPO is taking comments on this draft report, and will submit a revised version to ICANN. Assuming that WIPO persists in its recommendations, pretty soon ICANN will be deciding which new restrictions are good policy, from the perspective of global right-of-publicity, unfair competition, public health, and doing-the-right-thing law, and writing them into the architecture of the DNS. "Technical coordination," anyone?

    You can submit your comment at http://wipo2.wipo.int/process2/rfc/comments/index.html until April (^H^H^H June) 8. [A big tip 'o the hat to lextext for his correction, below; apparently I can read neither calendars nor dates. (My family already knew that.)]

      ICANNWatch Login  


    [ Don't have an account yet? Please create one. It's not required, but as a registered user you can customize the site, post comments with your name, and accumulate reputation points ("karma") that will make your comments more visible. ]

      Related Links  
  • http://wipo2.wipo.int/process2 /rfc/comments/index.html
  • draft report
  • report
    This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
    One more week (^H^H^H five more weeks) to comment | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 2 comments | Search Discussion
    Click this button to post a comment to this story
    The options below will change how the comments display
    Check box to change your default comment view
    The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
    Re: One more week to file comments . . .
    by lextext on Monday April 30 2001, @11:21AM (#571)
    User #6 Info | http://www.lextext.com
    But the folks at the World Health Organization have convinced the folks at WIPO that for such domain names to exist would be a bad thing; ordinary people might get . . . confused.

    You'll recall that the World Health Organization previously submitted to ICANN an application for a ".health" TLD. One of the express purposes was to provide an "official" source for health-related information. Now that .health has been shelved until a next round of TLDs, I guess WHO wants to remove all "unofficial" sources of health information.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: One more week to file comments . . .
    by lextext on Tuesday May 01 2001, @05:55PM (#573)
    User #6 Info | http://www.lextext.com
    I believe the deadline is actually June 8th. See the WIPO page.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]

    Search ICANNWatch.org:

    Privacy Policy: We will not knowingly give out your personal data -- other than identifying your postings in the way you direct by setting your configuration options -- without a court order. All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 by ICANNWatch.Org. This web site was made with Slashcode, a web portal system written in perl. Slashcode is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.
    You can syndicate our headlines in .rdf, .rss, or .xml. Domain registration services donated by DomainRegistry.com