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    US Govt. Agency Says .us Procurement (Partly) Unlawful | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 59 comments | Search Discussion
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    Please stop diverting attention
    by WIPOorgUK on Monday February 18 2002, @12:10PM (#4951)
    User #3146 Info | http://wipo.org.uk/
    > Please call someone at NeuStar and ask them if first names ... What free speech use does someone have to register microsoft.us ...

    Using microsoft as example, you are deliberately diverting attention away from the fact that in Sunrise, DICTIONARY words will be given to trademarks - in actual effect, they will remove them from public use.

    So - please answer a simple YES or NO - do they abridge US citizen rights to use these words?

    Give it a go without spin - YES or NO?

    > Sunrise, if done properly can work. Watch and see.

    1) Does Sunrise solve any problems at all e.g. 'consumer confusion' or 'trademark conflict'?

    2) If 1000 Sunrises in new gTLD, will all trademarks be guaranteed to be get their mark?

    3) If 1000 Sunrises in new gTLD, will all trademarks be able to use their mark anyhow, without 'consumer confusion' or 'trademark conflict' etc.?

    The answer to those three questions is NO.

    Sunrise will make things a lot worse.

    Primarily, Sunrise abridges what words people like yourself can use - violating the First Amendment.

    You just give control of all words to trademark holders.

    Fact: domain names were not designed to be trademarks - ask Paul Mockapetris, creator of Domain Name System. He was asked, what do you wish you had invented? His reply, "A directory system for the Internet that wouldn’t be controlled by the politicians, lawyers and bureaucrats."

    Fact: Trademarks 'raison d'être' is to identify source of goods or services - not claim world rights to a word.

    A lawyer said this to me - perhaps you may agree:

    Yes, Sunrise was Bull* propoganda. Nevertheless, I'm giving you my professional legal opinion when I say "tough luck".

    As he admitted: "Incidentally, you'd probably 'freak' if you found out how much my firm charges me out for."

    - he would say "tough luck", wouldn't he.

    Unless you can give me a better answer than "tough luck", to those two charges (that they could use in a court of Law) - then they are corrupt.

    I bet you cannot.

    Incidentally, believe you could be wrong about first names - they may allow them e.g. Johns.us (74487394) to sell wine or (72217928) to sell pizza.
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