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Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council vote on October 31

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  • Subject: Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council vote on October 31
  • From: "Andrew Matangi" <Andrew.Matangi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 11:02:50 +1300

Dear Council

I am a trade mark practitioner based in New Zealand.  I act for a range
of New Zealand and multi-national trade mark owners.  

I confirm that I support Motion 2 before the Council, namely that ICANN
conduct an objective and comprehensive study on the legitimate abuses
and uses of Whois data - before making policy changes that may
permanently alter the structure of the domain name and Whois system.

I do NOT support Motions 1 or 3 before the Council.

The Whois system is vital to the enforcement of trade mark owners'
rights. I use it to identify the registrants of domain names where a
client has concerns the registrant may be a cyber-squatter so that
appropriate steps may be taken to ensure the domain name is vested in
the name of the appropriate owner.

It is therefore vital that contractual obligations are retained which
require registrars to display accurate and complete domain name
ownership and contact details for domain name holders.

Kind regards

Andrew Matangi
New Zealand
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