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Username: dtobias
Date/Time: Tue, August 14, 2001 at 9:44 PM GMT
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Subject: But even this doesn't solve...


...the basic problem with the whole idea of a trademark-owner-only sunrise period, in that owners of trademarks of all sorts, in all countries, in all fields, even including trademarks on graphical logos that happen to have words in them, still get first shot at a huge number of words that would have been useful for generic info sites that wouldn't have infringed on the mark in any way.  Some of the most striking examples are (gone to a tractor company), (gone to a nail polish company), and (gone to somebody with a TM on a stylized logo).  These are all perfectly valid trademarks, so no challenge procedure can stop them, but it's unfair that generic sites that could have made good use of these names had no opportunity to get in ahead of these very limited trademarks.

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