As this concerns requirement for new TLDs.
Nominet UK is the Registry for .uk Internet
Domain Names. The existing Dispute Resolution Service is under review. I sent this
World Intellectual Piracy Organization (WIPO.org.uk)
to Review of Dispute Resolution Service for Nominet UK
The WIPO represents just
plain common sense and logical intelligence on topic of Internet management. Ability
further demonstrated on other subjects at skilful.com (though you may not like what
I say there). The following is considered and informed opinion - after looking at
all the facts. See if you agree with me.
WIPO is defending the rights of domain
owners worldwide. So obviously - not the same WIPO that is part of UN just looking
after big business (coincidentally paid by them). Though they are certainly biased,
I would not accuse them of being corrupt (with only circumstantial evidence).
solution has been put to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Department
of Commerce - during discussions neither could deny my assertions. It was common
sense that the authorities already must have known the simple logical answer.
I wish to make comment on the response from IP Litigation Group - Field Fisher Waterhouse,
supporting ICANN's UDRP. There is so much I wish to say, but will cut it very short.
quote them, “As to the inconsistency of decisions being handed down under the UDRP,
it is still early days and, as more decisions are made and precedents are adopted,
the decision-making will become more uniform.”
Saying, “…we believe that trade
mark protection is of paramount importance”, they unashamedly admit their decisions
are biased. This is nothing more than a confession they are becoming more uniformly
A fact for you: domain names are not trademarks - ask Paul Mockapetris,
creator of Domain Name System.
However, as authorities know, domain names could
be made compatible with trademarks.
ICANN's UDRP has shown this Dispute Resolution
process is totally unworkable and unjust.
Though the authorities SAY they have
good ideals - to protect trademarks on the Internet - this is a barefaced LIE. Only
those unable to progress ideas through to conclusion would believe them.
give certain trademarks an illegal dominant position and create a 'cash cow' for
their friends in the legal profession. This is demonstrably true and was the obvious
intention. Those in pocket of big business would say otherwise.
fail to realise, their domain could be victim of reverse hijacking by bigger business,
at any time in the future. They will never be safe, even after investing ALL into
their business - the most important part of their business, their identity, could
be stolen from them.
The only solution is to have restricted TLDs. For example,
Nissan cars tried to take nissan.com from Mr Nissan - it makes sense to reserve .car
TLD for carmakers - they can then use nissan.car. It has to be on a 'first come -
first served' basis.
There is one main cause for all these problems. The authorities
are deliberately managing the system so that domain names are not compatible to trademarks.
They do so for reasons based on money and power, without any sense of Justice. To
Nearly ALL trademarks share a common word(s) with many others - even in
same country. For example, in the dispute case of etoy and eToys (e prefix for Internet)
- 1,685 trademarks share common word "toy" in USA alone. There are tens of thousands
of them in 200 other countries. Logical, therefore, that ALL cannot use slight variations
on this common word (as domain name) - else it would "infringe" upon others and cause
Those with a brain can see, nearly all domain names "infringe"
upon others and cause "consumer confusion" - it is just bull* excuse.
worse still - they let only one of these businesses use this common word - so ALL
the others cannot. This is against "unfair competition" laws. BUT, what makes it
really bad - the authorities know the answer to avoid this and are allowing businesses
to break this law.
It gets even worse (is this possible?). Though the naming system
is not just for trademarks, authorities are taking these common words from the legal
owners. These people had the intelligence to buy these common words first. The authorities
and big business are stealing the “Intellectual Property” of these individuals.
shown, most trademarks cannot have their name - so nearly ALL visitors are going
to arrive at the wrong location and ALL get "confused" anyway. So "consumer confusion"
and "infringement" are just excuse, obvious lies, used to take away the domain from
legal owner. These are problems inherent in the system - entirely the fault of authorities.
these cases, in the courts and before WIPO, are based on lies and propaganda. I am
amazed so many intelligent people have been taken in.
Something to note. They all
do not want it solved; you will only see objections from them. Even the ‘good guys’
(defending the little guy) are making a lot of money from these disputes. Their arrogant
refusal to publicly recognize mandatory requirements is contemptible.
1. Trademark Name
- suggest Top Level Domain of .REG
The format for customer to identify source (the
reason for trademarks): name.class.country.reg
This acts as certificate of authentication
and directory - if you can use the telephone, then you can use dot REG. Small businesses
need not go broke buying hundreds of domains, trying to protect every slight variation
of trademark in every TLD.
If business wants to use Name.com for advertising and
marketing purposes on the Internet - this is legal usage. To use it as currently
used (to dominate over other trademarks), is illegal usage. It requires class, country
and identifier - i.e. Apple Computers could use apple.tech.us.reg for trademark identity
- using apple.com for marketing.
It is logical, that they all are issued with a
domain name with each trademark - in format name.class.country.reg - the same as
trademark rights issued.
There need be no restrictions put on a company whatsoever
- they can use any number of .com/.biz etc. domains - for advertising and marketing
There are laws in place should Mr Nissan try to pass himself off as
Nissan Cars on his nissan.com. Big business is using Dispute Resolution to dominate
this word space. Anyway, the consumer knows it is not the car people - if they are
not redirected to nissan.car.uk.reg.
There are laws in place for libel should anyone
make such unlawful remarks on any of these sites. They object to any criticism and
are using Dispute Resolution to abridge the freedom of speech.
It is nothing complicated.
Guardians of the Internet with all your so-called experts, if you still do not understand,
contact email@example.com - I will draw you a picture. However, you knew all this
already - or are you admitting to gross incompetence?
The main reasons they want
Dispute Resolution to go on:
1 Big business gets more power abusing their trademark.
Guardians of the Internet get more importance.
3 Lawyers and trademark protection
companies get rich.
4 Domain registration companies get rich from trademarks protecting
5 Small businesses go broke with big business taking identity - less competition
6 They muffle criticism of them - abridging the freedom of speech.
Kids (and grown-ups) are stopped from making fan sites.
In conclusion, to reiterate
- domain names are not trademarks. Millions of TLD are possible. I call for Nominet
UK to put pressure on ICANN, first for the introduction of .REG to stop most of these
problems. From there, new restricted TLDs to stop other disputes, examples .CAR and
.ACTOR - it is just plain common sense.