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    Corrupt UN WIPO
    by WIPOorgUK on Tuesday June 03 2003, @12:44AM (#11774)
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    Quote from court decision: "Therefore, under United States trademark law, "Barcelona" should have been treated as a purely descriptive geo-graphical term entitled to no trademark protection."

    The corrupt UN WIPO are trying to increase UDRP abuse of law (Trademark, Antitrust and First Amendment) to include countries and places.

    Virtually every word is trademarked (most many times over) - Sunrise and UDRP abridge the use of words by ordinary people.

    ICANN know the solution - but they care nothing for the First Amendment. As do some who are too afraid to admit it. Such behaviour is an affront to society.

    The DNS is NOT a system just for trademarks. People also have every right to use words for whatever legal reason they wish.

    Garry at WIPO.org.uk [wipo.org.uk]
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    The Odd Thing
    by jberryhill on Tuesday June 03 2003, @07:18PM (#11781)
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    ...about lauding this opinion is that it is a tremendous waste of time and energy to have to have gone so far in order to obtain the no-brainer decision which WIPO should have rendered in the first instance, and which every other purely "geographic name" UDRP case has held.

    It does not, as some have suggested, eviscerate application of the UDRP to cross-border disputes. Many correctly-losing respondents will not have the inclination to follow up with litigation.

    The court makes clear that by choosing the UDRP, and choosing the UDRP 4(k) jurisdiction, the city ultimately controlled the fact that a US court would have a final say in this matter. The question is, "Why didn't they sue in Spain". Well, they didn't sue in Spain because, despite some bizarre comments by the city's supporters, they knew darn well they wouldn't win there either.

    If they believe otherwise then, presuming the lower court orders the name restored, they are STILL free to sue in Spain.

    The most gratifying aspect of the decision was the culmination of the efforts of a lot of people in cases such as strick.com, cello.com, and corinthians.com, to finally get a court to point to a section of the Lanham Act and call it the "reverse domain name hi-jacking provision".
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