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|Date:||Fri, 11 Aug 2000 17:18:18 +0200|
Name: David Medberry Organization: self Position: Engineer It appears that the WIPO wants to extend protection to any corporation for any name, phrase, or location ever associated (or that ever will be) associated with said corporation. This is preposterous! Consider for example cheyenne.com--who should have the rights to this 2LD? Cheyenne Software, Cheyenne Jeans, Cheyenne Wyoming, Cheyenne Smith, or the Cheyenne Indian nation? My vote would be (overwhelmingly) for whomever registers it first. The internet is a land of opportunity--please keep it so. Certainly abuse happens (and needs to be regulated) but not by adding additional bureaucracy to an already litigious bureaucractic system. If I register wiporfc1.com (although someone probably already has) and put up an ANIT RFC-1 site, this is my right and I EXPECT YOU to protect and maintain that right. On the other hand, if I register www.wipo.com and do nothing with it other than offer to sell it, then sure, take it away--that is de fact cybersquatting. No additional regulations are required! I fear that you will be granting jeans.de to Levi Strauss and cola.uk to Coca-Cola and perhaps football.au to the NFL. Or worse, that you will give Anaheim.com to Disney. Accepting this RFC-1 will open the door to unnecessary litigation/arbitration. No need exists, and no good can come of it.