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    Michael Got The Story Wrong
    by jberryhill on Sunday February 02 2003, @12:32AM (#11076)
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    Unfortunately, the headline and the story both distort the reality here.

    What ICANN has filed is a request for an extension of time to oppose the registration. They have not requested a "delay" in the proceedings, nor have they filed an opposition itself.

    Under the trademark laws of many countries, trademark applications are published for a fixed period of time during which third parties may file an opposition. Many of these countries allow a potential opposer to file a request for an extension of time to file an opposition. Such a request is merely an indication that the party *might* file an opposition, and they may still be making up their mind.

    Karl seems incensed that the Board wasn't consulted. Well that is the precise issue at hand here. In order to consider the issue and to consult with the appropriate folks may have otherwise allowed the opposition deadline to pass. I suppose if nothing had been done, we would have Karl complaining that the Board hadn't been consulted.

    Filing this request for an extension to oppose is merely a mechanism to allow more time to make a decision. It is not a statement that a decision has been made. Acting in a manner consistent with keeping ICANN's legal options open as long as possible is the responsible and appropriate thing for ICANN management to do in the absence of any direction from the board or an identified consensus in the community.

    The spectacle of ICANN - the handmaiden of IP expansionism - opposing an attempt of someone to claim IP is certainly amusing.

    And, as always, if you enjoyed the trademark folks, just wait until the patent folks start showing up.
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    Re:Michael Got The Story Wrong
    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Sunday February 02 2003, @05:14PM (#11077)
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    Berryhill wrote: "The spectacle of ICANN - the handmaiden of IP expansionism - opposing an attempt of someone to claim IP is certainly amusing." It's fully consistent, actually. If TLD registries have property rights in their strings, then ICANN's power is limited, and so is its ability to deliver the goods at the SLD level for the IPR interests. That's why I, an OPPONENT of IPR maximalism in DNS, fully support the Singapore application and hope it succeeds. Property rights decentralized power. ICANN wants a completely centralized property system in which every user of a domain name string is a licensed "user" who occupies the resource at the whims of the ultimate, real owner of the domain name space: ICANN.
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