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Username: jeweyjewman
Date/Time: Mon, August 27, 2001 at 2:35 PM GMT
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Subject: Afialias Praises Itself, Using Bogus Registration As Examle Of Success

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Afilias issued a gushing press release on August 23 proclaiming that .info had obtained international acceptance based on the global distribution of trademark owners who are attempting to avoid cybersquatting in the .info gTLD. This is akin to an airline proclaiming its global popularity based on the distribution of people from around the world who buy flight insurance before boarding one of their planes.

Among those trademarks held out by Afilias for special note are these: "A number of global brands have also registered their taglines, including: wheresthebeef.info, nokiaconnectingpeople.info, fedexpriorityovernight.info, celebratehumanity.info, and dell4me.info. "
Wait a minute... celebratehumanity.info ? What global brand is that? If you take a look at the whois data for celebratehumanity.info, you will find it is registered to the International Olympic Committee on the basis of the following trademark information:

Trademark Name: celebratehumanity
Trademark Date: 2000-10-01
Trademark Country: US
Trademark Number: 75/933196

Now, if you take a look at the uspto.gov database, you will find that the trademark data used by the IOC corresponds to a pending intent-to-use application, which has not yet reached registration. In fact, the application was not even published for opposition until June 2001. People who have foolishly followed the Afilias Sunrise rules came away with the impression that a national registration prior to October 2000 was required in order to register during the sunrise period. Obviously, the IOC and Afilias feel differently.

The fact that Afilias would single this bogus registration out for special laudatory attention should provide an early indication to how carefully Afilias intends to police the integrity of the Sunrise process, as they promised in their press release of August 15, 2001.


       
     

 


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