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    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.)]

     
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    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.
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    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.
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