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    Re:Quantitative Methods of TLD Evaluation
    by ldg on Saturday October 25 2003, @10:28PM (#12529)
    User #2935 Info | http://example.com/
    Bingo! Thank you for pointing out that defensive registrations are a prime example of why DNS should not be used as a TM index. It was not designed for that purpose and allowing it negates the very reason for having more TLDs available in the name space.

    Ben has already pointed out that domains are not used for just the WWW and we all know that the WWW is not the internet, but one of many protocols.

    Let the landrush happen. Special intersts have always had recourse for an abused trademark. Because of the IP defensive craze, there has been landslide of ridiculous global decisions pitting individuals from many countries against one another. Trademarks have no business in the DNS and TLDs have no business policing them.
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    Re:Quantitative Methods of TLD Evaluation by ldg
    Re:Quantitative Methods of TLD Evaluation
    by Richard_Henderson on Sunday October 26 2003, @02:31AM (#12530)
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    The case for a designated TLD for Trademarked names deserves some consideration. If .reg or some similar TLD was introduced, and strict verification was required, then this TLD could become the official 'safe place' for the identification of Intellectual Property.

    Beyond that, I believe the IP community should leave DNS alone (but use normal legal redress where necessary). Many Trademarked names are part of everyone's language - many generic names - and I find it unacceptable that swathes of my language can get hijacked (say in a Sunrise process)when our language should be available for everyone to use.

    Moreover, as hundreds of TLDs are finally introduced, the whole idea of IP protection becomes problematical - because what are small businesses going to do? Pay for their protected name in every single TLD?

    ICANN has elevated the interests of the IP community above the interests of millions of ordinary users.

    The place for challenging abusive websites is in the courts. The DNS (and hundreds of key words from the dictionary) should not be 'annexed' to the IP community.

    So I press the case for a .reg TLD or a similar designated registry.

    Richard Henderson

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