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Username: Gregory W. Krajewski
Date/Time: Thu, August 23, 2001 at 12:29 AM GMT
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Subject: Fraud (if committed) is illegal in any country....Sorry you are that naive!

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Sir,

Not sure what country you are from but here in the United States there are strict laws regarding how one uses a trademark.  You know why?  It protects their validity.  They are an economic tool.  If in any way society needs to see paperwork everytime someone presents a tradmark in the conduct of commerce, their value would then be greatly diminished. To the detriment of an economy.  To say that it is just a formality in cancelling the fraudulent registrations, after "challenging" them is very "polly-anna" kind of thinking.  Mind you I am not a lawyer, but do see the importance of the issue raised here.

If someone is allowed to present false information on a legal document then please do tell me whether or not that is legal in your country.  If it isn't illegal --no problem, case closed.  If it is, then we do have a problem.  It is simple as that.  In the United States the FBI is involved when fraud on a large scale occurs.  What is unclear if the FBI would be involved on behalf of American citizens in this case.  You in fact could be correct that this is just a simple matter.  I am not sure, and would love to hear from a lawyers' point of view.

I do agree with you on a couple of things, the "www.theinternetchallenge.com" website has been VERY helpful and my thanks goes out to this gentlemen.  The other thing is that yes there has been some "high" emotional venting going on here.  We need to be productive.  I personally think Afilias is doing what it can.  It has even promised that it will personally challenge all fraudulent registrations.  Which I applaud. I have always said that registrars cannot be trademark police.  There are way too many countries who all have different rules, etc, etc.  My simple solution is to go back to "first come first served" (on a round robin basis--if a database of registrants doesn't exist).  In the case of Image Online Design, which has an existing registry anyone with a TM can present that TM to IOD and a "hold" can be put on the domain.

Hope my interpretation of everything puts things into perspective for you!  If not....I tried...

      
     

      
     

 


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