[Cc-hk] [berkmanfriends] ICANN, new top-level domains, and trademark issues
rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com
Sat Jul 11 03:49:47 EDT 2009
Exactly. Makes no sense.
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On Jul 11, 2009, at 7:18 AM, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm so confused by the domain-trademark problems.
> Why aren't domain names covered by standard trademark law like any
> other entity-formation? we don't need ICANN rules to keep me from
> starting a Starbucks Inc cafepress store, or creating a "red cross"
> foundation that sells red crosses to raise money for pandas. why is
> domain squatting treated so baroquely?
> On Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 4:31 AM, Rebecca
> MacKinnon<rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi everybody.
>> As some of you know, next year ICANN plans to allow applications from
>> anybody who wants to run a new top-level domain (the part of the
>> URL after
>> the dot), in any language. This has opened up a big argument over
>> among other things.
>> A set of recommendations for how to handle trademark disputes has
>> issued by an Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) from ICANN's
>> Intellectual Property Constituency. It has been up for download and
>> comment here:
>> One critique of the IRT report highlighting free speech concerns is
>> The Non-Commercial Users' Constituency within ICANN strongly
>> objects to
>> these recommendations. In their formal comment paper objecting to the
>> subtance of the IRT report, they state:
>> "the substantive IRT recommendations take ICANN far afield of its
>> scope and mission, create substantive new trademark rights (beyond
>> law), gut existing safeguards and fair procedures for domain name
>> registrants in the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”), and
>> create an
>> unbounded situation for abuse by trademark lawyers and those
>> trademark owners."
>> The full objection paper is here:
>> Other public comments are here:
>> Public consultations will be held in New York and London next week,
>> then in
>> Hong Kong the following week. The NCUC encourages people with
>> concerns can
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