Lovells' support for anti-domain name tasting measures and abuse of the AGP
Dear Sir I am a partner in the Intellectual Property, Media and Technology Group of the international law firm Lovells, and head up the Lovells Domain Name Practice, based in Paris. We manage over 14,000 domain names for our clients, mostly major brand owners, and regularly seek to recuperate domain names on their behalf, whether via court action or dispute resolution. I am of the opinion that recent developments in the domain name system, such as automated registration by computer software and anonymous WHOIS, and in particular the rise of domain name tasting and kiting, are encouraging abuse of the system by cybersquatters and domain tasters gaming the domain name system. This situation has resulted in the often mass registration of domain names by those with scant regard for the rights of brand owners, who are then faced with the difficult and expensive task of recuperation. Furthermore, recuperation is often complicated by the rapidly changing zone files and transient nature of registrations made by those who wish to profit from the Add Grace Period. Monitoring and tracking are all the more difficult. I would therefore support any measures taken to curb or reduce domain name tasting and would recommend that the AGP is either abandoned or used for its intended purpose. What actual value does it add to the Internet? Ultimately it may even undermine the domain name system itself. Yours faithfully David Taylor Partner Lovells LLP ________________________________________ Lovells is an international legal practice comprising Lovells LLP and its affiliated businesses. Lovells LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC323639 and is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales. Registered office and principal place of business: Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG. The word "partner" is used to refer to a member of Lovells LLP, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications, and to a partner, member, employee or consultant in any of its affiliated businesses who has equivalent standing. A list of the members of Lovells LLP and of the non-members who are designated as partners, and of their respective professional qualifications, is open to inspection at the above address. Further important information about Lovells can be found on www.lovells.com. CONFIDENTIALITY. This email and any attachments are confidential and may also be privileged. If received in error, please do not disclose the contents to anyone, but notify the sender by return email and delete this email (and any attachments) from your system.