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    Weird Doings at the FTC: Shoddy 'Consumer Alert' Appears, Vanishes | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 8 comments | Search Discussion
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    Re: Weird Doings at the FTC: Shoddy 'Consumer Aler
    by Grumpy on Friday May 18 2001, @04:44AM (#606)
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    No offense, but I disagree with the characterization of the .biz start-up plan as a "sunrise." Neulevel goes to great pains to emphasize that filing a SIPN claim guarantees NOTHING to the claimant beyond notice if anyone (including the claimant) applies to register a .biz domain name matching the claimed string. It's a chance to head off a lot of trademark fights before they hit the UDRP (or some mutated UDRP specific to .biz) or the courts... "knowledge is power."

    By contrast, Afilias is giving away huge chunks of real estate to trademark owners. That's far more troubling than Neulevel's attempt to reduce overall transaction costs.

    As for New.Net and the non-DoC roots, the average Internet user (i.e. NOT a regular on this web site) is not likely to understand how to reconfigure their DNS settings to view the other roots. If they're AOL users, they may not know how to install the New.Net plug-in. And those users need to know that they can't receive e-mail through a New.Net .shop domain name.

    The FTC notice appears excessive, and I would guess that they pulled it in order to scale back some of the claims and warnings. (I agree that any slams, implied or otherwise, against IOD are misplaced.) The concept behind the message, however, remains valid.

    - Grumpy
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