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    Little Dot
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday July 14 2003, @10:25AM (#11957)
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    Harvey Comics had a character named Little Dot, a girl who was obsessed with dots in all forms. (She'd probably like domain names, since they have dots in them.) So should Harvey have had first shot at "dot.*" in all TLDs? (I think they're out of business now, though.)
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    Dot trademarks
    by JeffD on Monday July 14 2003, @03:46PM (#11962)
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    Hey Dan,

    Don't expect me to support what I believe to be the totally untenable and unlawful 'rights' of trademark holders to domain names in Sunrise processes. The US Federal courts have already held that a trademark right does not support any right to a textually identical domain name (Washington Speakers Bureau, Inc. v. Leading Authorities Inc., 51 USPQ2d 1478, (E.D. Va. 1999)).

    I am not supporting the superiority of a trademark claim to the dot.info name. I think that everyone on the planet should have an equal right to register any name - generic or trademarked - as a domain name and use it in any fair and uninfringing manner that they wish.

    I am merely pointing out the inconsistency of Afilias' actions in developing a policy that ostensibly creates a right for all trademark holders to register 'their' name - unless it happens to be one that Afilias wants for itself. Then the policy is ignored and the applicant politely told to 'take a hike'.

    Jeff Davies
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