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    Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) NewZealand.biz Awarded to the New Zealand Government
    posted by michael on Thursday October 10 2002, @08:34AM

    Anonymous writes "Her Majesty the Queen, in right of her Government in New Zealand has successfully challenged the domain name NewZealand.biz at the WIPO."

    It's actually a government body called Trade New Zealand that has won the name. But they're not happy with just .biz

    In this article, they say they've now got their sites on the .com, .net and .org versions, despite the .com having legitimate content about New Zealand on it (a challenge has already been lodged).

    They claim that "The name New Zealand has strong marketing potential for this country and if we don't control it, and it is controlled by other business interests, we lose control of our own destiny." This is despite New Zealand having, like most other ccTLDs, namespace specifically for the government: .govt.nz. Is it just me who thinks that when a government wants all the namespaces, that this amounts to little more than government-dictated censorship? Last time I checked, New Zealand was a free country, but what if I registered NewZealandsucks.com ? Will the NZ government have the right to challenge me?

    I believe the .biz decision was not equitable, not just due to the WIPO decision, but it seems that the registrant was bullied into offering no objections to the challenge. Who wouldn't get just a little intimiated when you were challenged by The Queen?! :)

    It's interesting too how the Government expressly requested to not have the .biz decision published by the WIPO (they were denied on this point). It seems they didn't want to be subject to public criticism of the decision.

    [Editor's note: For more about this, see the GA posting from Rodrigo Orenday Serrato, and my reply. -mf]

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