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Username: dingle
Date/Time: Tue, August 7, 2001 at 12:01 AM GMT
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer V5.01 using Windows 98
Subject: Not all generic .info's were bogus - some were stupid


                      I checked about 50 generic names when the .info whois was up. Many were bogus and clearly made up trademarks. However, there was also a clear trend of some who simply couldn't fill in a form. On most of the registrar's application forms you had to check a box for either sunrise or landrush. If you checked sunrise (because you were an idiot and didn't know what it meant) and left the trademark details blank, the default was an Albanian trade mark registration for "unknown" dated 2040. There were quite a lot of those names allocated using the sunrise provision... I don't have a problem with a sunrise period, it's just that this one is VERY poorly designed. It allowed both bogus registrants and idiots to make a mockery of the system. Not only does the software not recognise a trademark dated after the cutoff date, but the rules are poorly drafted, and clearly not drafted by anyone who understands trademarks.


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