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    Re: A Breath of Fresh Air
    by Muhhk on Tuesday January 15 2002, @11:13PM (#4657)
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    The full link to that article is here.
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    Restricted TLD to replace trademark symbol
    by WIPOorgUK on Tuesday January 15 2002, @11:50PM (#4658)
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    Quote: ICANN's CEO in which he contrasted "problem"-prone unsponsored TLDs with the allegedly tidier, and certainly more intensively regulated, sponsored TLDs. "More people I talk to think it's the more likely direction," sprach Lynn, practically begging the Reuters journalist to question whom Lynn's talking to and how he's talking to them. The article equivocated, "Lynn and Cerf both emphasized that their opinions were their own and not that of ICANN, but said others agreed with them."

    I have been in contact, for quite some time, with US and UK authorities (and lawyers) about these domain and trademark problems.

    I would bring your attention to Lynn's statement, which Vint Cerf agreed with, about regulated TLDs - "More people I talk to think it's the more likely direction,"

    This is very interesting - because the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization and the United States Department of Commerce ALREADY knew this.

    I wonder why they did not tell ICANN?

    UN WIPO and US DOC always knew that a restricted TLD was required for trademarks.

    They knew the answer to exclusively identify ALL trademark domains.

    Information for lawyers - yes I know all about classifications and all the other 'so-called' problems.

    Please visit WIPO.org.uk to see rationale behind the solution (which was self-evident).

    Incidentally, you would think the news media would report on WIPO.org.uk - as the United Nations WIPO.org take away similar domains to trademarks - wouldn't you?

    Also they would report the fact that the solution was ratified by honest attorneys - including the honourable G. Gervaise Davis III, a UN WIPO panellist judge himself.

    I have contacted over 100 news editors and journalists of newspapers and TV. Perhaps they are all ignorant imbeciles and could not recognize a story if it bit their bottom ;-)
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    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Tuesday January 15 2002, @02:56PM (#4652)
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    The comparison is quite apt. Prior to the last Olympics there were persistent reports on afternic.com message boards of failed attempts to register names containing the string olympic. Some registrations were successful, some registrants were told that name is unavailable even though it was unregistered, and other registrations were at first successful, and the registrants were later told sorry, we made a mistake, that name is unavailable, even though it apparently remained unregistered. Some may recall that the IOC went to extraordinary lengths to go after those posting news of events who had not paid the IOC dearly for the privilege, and to keep cameras out of their venues down under, worried that digital images might get online without the IOC making a percentage. Controlling the namespace seems to have been part of this push.

    Although the proposal to have a Famous Marks list was turned down as unworkable, it seems Veri$ign went ahead with it, for the IOC at least there was (is?) an undocumented, unsanctioned, selective sunrise. Like attracts like. Those two supranational, monopolistic, corrupt, control freak bodies were bound to meet, it must have been love at first site.

    Regarding me.uk, while it apparently hasn't destabilized or unsecured the internet, it has the usual silly problems, cybersquatting, and creative misuse of the domain for pr0n sites, with fuller, unfiltered, and generally funnier coverage available on this icann.org forum thread. -g

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