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    Re: Unix.org reverse-hijacked
    by Anonymous on Friday July 12 2002, @05:56AM (#7808)
    What on Ghu's green earth does having a website have to do with holding a domain name? There's more to mapping alphanumerics to IP addresses than finding websites. Why does everyone insist that the only use of a domain name is for a website, and that if you don't have one, you must be planning one?

    Oh yeah. It's because the UDRP is written that way, and the arbiters don't have enough brain cells to rub together to realize that domain names can be used for things like email addresses, FTP sites, time services, name services, proxies, ssh/telnet services, and pretty much anything else one might find in an /etc/services file in ...Unix.

    If somebody registers a domain name and NEVER puts up a website, does that person have LESS of a right than someone that wants the name to put up a website? The UDRP sure seems to read that way. And people continue to make decisions that seem to reflect that sentiment.

    How very, very odd.
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    Re: Unix.org reverse-hijacked by Anonymous
    Re: Unix.org reverse-hijacked
    by Ron_Bennett on Friday July 12 2002, @08:07AM (#7817)
    User #3011 Info | http://www.wyomissing.com/bennett/

    If somebody registers a domain name and NEVER puts up a website, does that person have LESS of a right than someone that wants the name to put up a website? The UDRP sure seems to read that way. And people continue to make decisions that seem to reflect that sentiment.


    Under common law, perhaps...a stretch you bet, but not without precedent nevertheless...

    For example if one owns a piece of land (yes, I realize domain names aren't considered property by numerous courts, but making an analogy here) and doesn't use the land or merely underutilizes the land (subjective to be sure) than it's possible for someone else to obtain an interest in that land; often government for schools, parks, etc...as well as in some instances a business may obtain someone else's land with help via condemption by the government.

    Domain names are in many ways akin to land in that they're a distinct and unique (ok, assuming ICANN root here which 99.?+ net uses) locations on the internet. So if one is not efficiently utilizing a domain name and someone else better can, then that other party should own it.

    Typically the "free" (relatively speaking) market system balances this out over time...that is parties who see more value in a domain name than the current owner (registrant) will end up with the names via purchase/trade, etc...this can be a win win situation for everyone...domain names are better utilized which is usually a good thing for the public, the new owners, and the former owners who been fairly compensated. The UDRP short circuits this above process - one may argue that in some instances that the "free" market can't work in regards to domain names without a UDRP...perhaps that's true...but UDRP as of now is too easy and too frequently used...UDRP should really an option of absolute last resort and better crafted to truly protect the interests of all parties, not just the complanant.
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