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Username: dtobias
Date/Time: Wed, August 15, 2001 at 5:47 PM GMT
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Subject: Lotteries and Amazon


Amazon may be right in that count (of the registration process being an illegal lottery), but one of the other things they're charging would be a horrible precedent if it were allowed to stand -- they're saying that the mere existence of a TLD launch that doesn't give trademark owners an automatic right to first shot at their names is inherently a violation of trademark dilution laws.  If this is affirmed by the courts, it would force all new TLDs to have policies similar to the .info sunrise period, and we've seen what a mess that is.  What Amazon wants is that, in every new TLD ever introduced, forever, the name "amazon.[TLD]" will always go to the online bookseller, not to a site about the river.
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