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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) Nominet unstuffs purple one's suit
    posted by tbyfield on Friday May 28 2004, @06:55AM

    Not a day goes by without one of many veritable news sources presenting a cogent report that documents yet another just result of ICANN's UDRP. Let us take a moment to salute one of today's heralds, ntk.net:
    Last time the purple T Rex made a flailing-armed assault on the Net, it was to demand that a parody song be removed from a site for trademark reasons. The site in question? The EFF, who did what you'd expect: sighed a little, then pulled back a curtain to reveal sixteen thousand First Amendment/ Copyright Jedi attack lawyers. This time, scenting easier prey, BARNEY THE DINOSAUR went for a smaller, crunchier, victim: the owner of barney.co.uk, six year old Barney Loosemore. Latter Barney was of course maliciously hoarding the domain under the ridiculous pretense that he had as much right to his own Christian name as said fictional corporate entity. Mmm, good multinational branded dinosaur eats here. [...]
    There's more!

    Unfortunately, Barney L.'s dad is Tom Loosemore. Tom is an old school netizen, ex-Wired UK refugee. He helped set up FaxYourMP, and various other NTK favourites. Tom sat down and explained, in words that even dinosaurs understand, why you can't steal domains from little children. Nominet's dispute arbiter agreed, spattered HIT Entertainment's plea with corrective "[sics]", and kicked it out of pretend domain name court as fast as its stubby little, reptilian little, vexatious little extinct legs could stumble. Jesus, even the real dinosaurs didn't go *picking fights* with meteors.

         - worth reading for the ill-concealed contempt
         - can someone cause some kind of worldwide Wiggle-extinction event?

    Cf. CENTR's 26 May letter to ICANN regarding the latter's ballooning budget, which said, among other things, that "many ccTLD Registries feel they should not be forced to pay for activities that do not concern them or that are already well catered for at a local level" -- for example, occasionally, domain disputes. If the CCs and/or other orgs are interested in measuring ICANN's performance, maybe they should institute, when possible, shadow processes -- say, a shadow dispute-resolution process under the UDRP -- to see whether the results accord with local norms. It would have been very interesting to see how are fine feathered friends at WIPO/OMPI would have ruled on this case.

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    · Nominet, the .uk registry
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    · www.nominet.org.uk/DisputeReso lution/Decisions/Drs01544Barne ycouk.html
    · http://www.hitentertainment.co m/portal/flash/player.asp
    · CENTR's 26 May letter to ICANN
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    Old-school netizen?
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Tuesday June 01 2004, @06:54AM (#13645)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    If the respondent is an "old-school netizen" as stated in this article, then shouldn't he have a clue as to what TLDs are appropriate for particular uses? That's called into question by the mention in the decision that he's the webmaster of "his (non-commercial, not-for-profit) sailing club, Waldringfield Sailing Club www.waldringfieldsc.com)." Shame on him for not using the proper .org (or .org.uk)! (waldringfieldsc.org is apparently unregistered, if anybody's looking to cybersquat it!)
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