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Opposition to URS applied to .net or any set of domain names.

  • To: net-agreement-renewal@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Opposition to URS applied to .net or any set of domain names.
  • From: Simon <simon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 12:15:06 -0700 (PDT)

This is an untested system that will likely lead to abuse on a massive scale. The protections for existing domain holders appear to be non-existent, with a strong incentive for existing domain holders to give up without a fight.

If this system is brought into force, companies will use it on a massive scale to gain control of domains that are critical of companies, have similar names, but are not being used in any way to infringe on legitimate trademarks.

Companies can merely keep applying for a domain to be turned over to them until a legitimate owner gives up, or merely misses the time to respond because of a vacation or other issue). Eventually, the company will find a compliant arbiter, or the respondant will miss a deadlin and the domain will be transferred, irrespective of the merits of the case.

This is not protection of intellectual property, instead it is designed to allow large companies to take ownership of domains when their claim to that domain is weak or non-existent.

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