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  • Subject: Closed Generic
  • From: John G Cassells <jgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:15:21 +0000

I wish to register the strongest objection to the proposed use of closed gLTDs 
not for the protection of brand names but to appropriate and colonise  generic 
words in common usage.

Such a step would be strongly anti competitive and contrary to principles of 
free speech.

It would allow existing dominant market players to reinforce that market 
position to the detriment of competition, development and the ability of new 
entrants to  establish the businesses of tomorrow.

Language  as a shared access resource has been fundamental to the evolution of 
mankind and of civilised society.

Generic language words used in a generic way belong to all people and any 
attempt to  interfere with that principle restricts freedom, is inimical to 
free expression  and should be opposed vigorously by all individuals who value 
those freedoms which are so fundamental to the development not just of the 
world wide web but of human civilisations.

John Cassells


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