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    What about TLDs needed for other purposes ?
    by Anonymous on Saturday November 10 2001, @09:27AM (#3529)
    What about TLDs needed for other purposes ?
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    Re: This should put things into perspective...(I s
    by Anonymous on Monday December 16 2002, @05:09AM (#10569)
    I wasn't going get into analogies, but I think this will highlight the problem for you.....If you were going to design a website....Would you have links on your page that gave you "one" word....No you have "Home", "News", "Events"....etc, etc....The reasons for doing this are obvious...Now think back to my analogy, "Home", "Home", "Home" (all pointing to different pages, with different content...

    Who is the one with the right answer???..Frankly I won't throw out "flaming" shots, but will let the reader decide...
    --end quote--

    This analagy can be take different ways. Home.com may be a magazine, Home.biz may be a home builder, Home.info a home designer, and home.org a non-profit agency like habitat for humanity to help people find or build homes, Home.net may be a web hoster selling home pages, and home.us to immigration to the us as a new home(land). Yes, they all use the name "home", but the TLD can do several things:

    1. It allows TLD differentiation (not perfect now, but some differentiation is definitely made between .org and .com, etc.)

    2. It allows a generic name to be used by different categories of businesses when appropriate, and if originally chartered.

    3. It gives more opportunity for people to have shorter names, in different product or service categories.

    I would even support a generic .gen TLD that actually DISSALLOWED Trademark use so that a (glass) window company could could use windows.gen without fear of Microsoft, or a nature conservation site could use Amazon.gen without the wrath of Amazon.com. Obviously, if they end owner used it in an infringing way it could be taken, but re-awarded to some other compliant user than a trademark holder.

    Domain property has gone off the deep end in giving more broad categories than even the trademark office. Differentiated TLD's can eventually do the same thing as trademark use categories do for the trademark office if the rules are written that way.

    I see a need where domains are not sponsored, but have an enforceable charter as to proper use. If use was improper, the domain could be taken, but NOT given to the complaintant unless they met the use of the charter. Therefore if a .geo domain was created for geography, Amazon.geo could file a complaint for someone selling books there, but could not use the domain for anything but Geography of the Amazon Region, and could not obtain the domain in a dispute unless they used the domain in the charter manner in a specified period of time.

    There is a case for generic open use domains, but new chartered used domains could provide some differentiation as .info and .org do now to a smaller extent.

    Mark B.
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