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Username: dtobias
Date/Time: Sat, September 1, 2001 at 1:00 PM GMT
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Subject: Cats and dogs


I notice you have "Cat" as part of your handle.  How do you feel about the fact that the Caterpillar tractor company has trademark rights to the word "cat" and thus got first shot at registering "" -- letting them trump anybody using the word in any other sense, such as for a site about felines, or by you for your personal site.  Similarly, "" got taken by a nail polish company.  Is it really fair that trademarks give that sort of pre-emptive right over all other possible users?  Apparently the corporate fatcats think so... both and Sun Microsystems have already sent threatening letters regarding the .biz rollout, because they didn't get automatic rights to such names as and -- but what about others who might want to use those addresses for sites about a famous river or about the star the Earth revolves around?  Sun also claims rights to "Enterprise", but that's also the Star Trek starship, as well as a rent-a-car company.
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