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Username: DomeBase
Date/Time: Fri, September 28, 2001 at 11:59 PM GMT
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Subject: Just a rough shot at this in response to your question


        I have not thoroughly researched this, but my gut feeling is that Registrars (and/or the Registry) had an obligation to make sure that the non-trademark fields were accurate, and that the trademark-related fields had some plausibly formated information in them (e.g. date prior to October 2, 2000 in the date field, name in the trademark field, etc.), but, the way the Sunrise period was set up,  neither the Registrars nor the Registry had an obligation to check on the validity of plausible trademark information... that was supposed to be handled by the Sunrise Challenge and WIPO process.  Two main problems happened -- one concerning implementation (even rudimentary data checks not done on trademark fields) and one concerning design (the "musical chairs lottery" aspect of the challenges.  Both problems could still be corrected by... well you folks all know how I would finish this sentence.



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