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|Date:||Fri, 11 Aug 2000 21:59:14 +0200|
Name: d m dennis Organization: representing self Position: systems administration your policies seek far too much power for retail concerns. a domain name that has been held for years without attempted resale or commercial use is not, despite the marketers and trade lawyers assertions, a brand name dilution. many internet pioneering programmers and systems administrators took names that appealed to them alone, or friends, and have held them since. in some cases, these might coincide with existing brand names. So what. The litmus should be if the original owner of a domain is attempting to cause brand dilution or domain squatting / reselling. If there is 'register.com' like-content up on 'crew.com' then that would be one thing, but for generic dictionary words, just because these marketing and legal mega corporations can wave scary legal proceedings around does not make it fair or even legal in the long term to attack individual holders of DNS names. original DNS name holders that are not leveraging with brand dilution when they hold DNS names that may or may not be the same as corporations, should NOT be able to lose in arbitration. If they registered it first, they get to keep it. No exceptions, no theft of identity by corporations and twisting of trade law into regions never intended, and which I believe will eventually be overturned. The original west coast settlers are seeing land grabs of mineral and water rights from native americans being overturned just 100 years later. The 'j crews' of the world would do well to heed the historical lesson- morally wrong is morally wrong, and eventually the truth will catch up with the feeding frenzy of today's legally top-heavy internet domain registration land-theft frenzy.