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Username: cello
Date/Time: Sat, August 11, 2001 at 10:21 AM GMT
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Subject: Intellectual property = only TM/SM ?


Saying that they are committed to the IP community, Afilias pretends to be the guardian of intellectual property owners, while in fact offering the so-called sunrise period only to the Trade/Service mark holders.

Is the Trade/Service mark the only kind or form of intellectual property? Is there any ground, legal or otherwise, on which Afilias' preference for only TM/SM holders and discrimination against those with other forms or kinds of intellectual property can be justified?
Is this just and equitable?
How about those dot INFO domain names registered for the first time in the world, well before ICANN's decision on the new gTLDs and the Afilias' coming on the stage?

If the so-called sunrise is ever to be offered to the IP community, as I see it, all those with some rights to the various kinds or forms of IP will have to be given the same and equal opportunity to compete with each other in the first round of registration.     


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