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Username: challenge
Date/Time: Mon, September 10, 2001 at 10:40 PM GMT
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Subject: You do, then tell me this..


        Where do you draw the line? Who in a given country should own that country's gTLD name..

Is it the current government? The ministry of information? A prominent citizen?

How about cities within a country?
What about towns and municipalities?
Then what do you do with landmarks and the native languages? Give it all to the country too?

This is so ridiculous it is not even funny. It is even worse than the whole Trade Mark joke. Why even bother with an open medium let's close it up and make sure that anyone that can make any hint of a claim to a name file a case with WIPO.

A recent case in point was the ruling on, WIPO gave the name to FIFA (the Federation Internationale de Football). They completely ignored the fact that there is a "worldcup" event for close to 30 different sports and they figured hey FIFA is better than anyone else. Maybe the person who originally had the name acted in bad faith, but there is no way you can convince me that FIFA gets it by default.

These type of ad-hoc rules will make the soap-operas of surrogate children sound like Discovery Channel Documentaries.


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