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    Re: American is generic, but Canadian is protected
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Wednesday June 19 2002, @03:11PM (#7290)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Having a beer by that name doesn't give them exclusive monopolistic rights to their whole country's identifier. If it does, then the whole legal system is really badly screwed up.
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    Re: American is generic, but Canadian is protected by dtobias
    Re: American is generic, but Canadian is protected
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday June 19 2002, @07:25PM (#7292)
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    Agreed. Governments, including the Canadian, get right tweaked about someone registering a domain name that is their country name, or names of their government departments (EG: the Canadian Gov't vs. Domain Baron WIPO UDRP case), but they allow a company such a trademark, to do with as they please (and the fix was in on that one). And BTW, look at canadian.com, canadian.net, canadian.ca, and even canadian.us, and canadian.co.uk.

    This is all so corrupt, canada.com (which the Canadian government was previously demanding be turned over but has now ceased) is owned by Izzy Asper, head of Canada's largest media conglomerate CanWest Global, who has himself lost a WIPO decision. Asper is a prominent friend of the governing Liberal party, currently making news (though it receives scant mention in his own widespread radio, television, and newspaper properties) for sacking a prominent publisher for criticizing the government. This is scary stuff, control the press, control domain names, and what I find most disturbing about the canadian.biz case is the panelist was critical of the registrant for not having enough of a plan to make use of the domain. This goes beyond ruling on content to ruling what might be in someone's head. The UDRP thought police always get their man. -g

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    Re: American is generic, but Canadian is protected
    by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Wednesday June 19 2002, @11:05PM (#7299)
    User #3359 Info | http://www.ad2000d.co.uk/
    "Having a beer by that name doesn't give them exclusive monopolistic rights to their whole country's identifier. If it does, then the whole legal system is really badly screwed up."

    I totally agree, except the UDRP and STOP Proceedings are NOT part of either US Federal or International Law;

    From my understanding the UDRP and STOP Policies are Civil Law and that is why they can be challenged in the Law Courts of any country.
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