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Username: Garry Anderson
Date/Time: Sun, August 12, 2001 at 12:40 AM GMT
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Subject: Storm brewing over new domain names


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The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is gearing up to cope with a possible flood of disputes resulting from disgruntled individuals failing to register their trademark as a new generic top level domain name (gTLD).

The "sunrise" period for the application of .info and .biz domain names will end next month, and WIPO is sceptical about the success rate of disputes resolved in this interim period. Its Arbitration and Mediation Centre is preparing itself for an increase in the number of cybersquatting cases that may result from the initial allocation procure of these new gTLDs.

WIPO is confident that its panel of 200 dispute resolution experts will be enough to deal with the extra number of cybersquatting cases expected to result from the new gTLDs. "We are gearing up, but it's a question of experience," added Gurry.

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre has received 2,821 cases since the dispute resolution procedure went into effect in December 1999. Of the gTLD cases filed, decisions have been reached in 1,993 cases, with 80 percent of the decisions ordering a transfer of the domain name to the complainant. Only 14 cases resulted in the termination of a domain name.

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***WIPO and the legal profession are rubbing their hands together***

***They will make a lot of money out of these problems.***

Another news article:

Conservationists beat wrestlers over WWF Web name

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The World Wildlife Fund, best known for its efforts to protect the giant panda and other endangered animal species, won a judgment Friday against World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc. over the use of the initials WWF.

Jacob said the wresting organization will be permitted a limited use of the initials in the United States, but will no longer be able to use its Web site address. The wildlife group has

Anita Neville, spokeswoman for the wildlife fund -- known outside of the United States as the Worldwide Fund for Nature -- said the judgment "means that our name and reputation is upheld."

"We are a global organization relying on donations and we wanted people to be able to give donations in confidence," Neville said. "The initials are vital to our organization."

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The authorities know the solution to trademark conflicts on the Internet.

It is all based on spin, lies and propaganda; 'consumer confusion', 'trademark conflict' and 'passing off' could all be totally avoided.

Open your eyes - IT IS ALL A CON.


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