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    .eu and Europe too Survey on .EU policy
    posted by michael on Thursday August 08 2002, @04:49PM

    mpawlo writes "As reported by Greplaw, the European Commission has set up an on-line survey on cybersquatting for use in determining policy for the upcoming .EU top level domain. Use your opportunity to weigh in.

    [Editor's note...but first read on to hear about some problems with the survey... -mf]"

    [Editor's note: The following exchange on the ecdiscuss and ICANNEurope lists is relevant to the quality of the survey:]

    The discussion began when Alexander Svensson questioned the quality of the survey:

    And what a bad survey it is.
    You cannot send it if you don't check at least one of the following options:

    -- International Non-propietary Names of medical substances should not be registered as domain name
    -- Country names and abbreviations should not be registered
    -- International organization's names should not be registered

    That should of course *not* be mandatory!

    In addition, you cannot state whether you think a sunrise period is good or not -- only for how long it should last.

    Best regards,
    /// Alexander

    This prompted a call for corrections in the survey.
    Hi Alexander and all,

    Perhaps the Commission can correct these errors? Is there anyone from the Commission who deals with .eu on this list these days?


    Steve Dyer

    The EU's response was this:
    Dear All,

    I am sorry about the problems experienced with the question related to
    "exclusions from registration". To my regret, these problems cannot be
    solved and, thus, the answers to this question will not be taken into
    account when evaluating the results of the survey.

    As regards Mr.Svensson's comment regarding the sunrise period, I would like
    to mention that, first, the sunrise period is already foreseen in Article
    5(1)(b) of the .eu Regulation and, second, it is possible to make whatever
    comments you want to make in the box provided for that purpose at the end of
    the survey.

    Best regards,

    Víctor Sáez
    European Commission - Industrial Property Unit

    To this, Jeanette Hofmann added:
    Aren't surveys supposed to produce neutral, unbiased results? Alexander's findings raise the question whether this questionnaire really meets general standards of survey design.
    And, Alexander Svensson replied to Victor Saez:
    Article 5(1)(b) states that public policy shall include:
    public policy on speculative and abusive registration of domain names including the possibility of registrations of domain names in a phased manner to ensure appropriate temporary opportunities for the holders of prior rights recognised or established by national and/or Community law and for public bodies to register their names;
    I read this as *possibility* of a sunrise period. Similarly, the survey question starts with the following phrase:
    When a new domain such as .eu is launched the Registry can allow owners of intellectual property and other rights a priority period [...]
    It can, but must not. I hope that people are sufficiently aware of the sunrise period problems during the launch of the new generic TLDs and fill in comments in the box at the end of the survey.

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    Re: Survey on .EU policy
    by tlr (reversethis-{gro.tsixe-ton-seod} {ta} {relsseor}) on Thursday August 08 2002, @09:10PM (#8432)
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    Re: Survey on .EU policy
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Friday August 09 2002, @04:09AM (#8445)
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    The problem which Víctor Sáez says can't be solved looks quite trivial to me, simply use a none of the above or other checkbox. Of course doing that while the survey is ongoing would further skew the data. -g

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