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Username: Garry Anderson
Date/Time: Thu, October 11, 2001 at 11:26 AM GMT
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Subject: What has happened to those with honour?


Do you not think that WIPO could easily supply Afilias with each countries Trademark Office information?

It would be very simple to set up the infrastructure for the obvious problems that were to come.

If I wanted to fraudulantly maximumize profitability and get away with legal prosecusion (on pretence of incompetence)- I would do roll-out exactly like they have.

Quote from article:

"It has not been the smoothest, most error-free launch," Roland La Plante, chief marketing officer of Afilias admitted. "But please keep in mind no one has launched a new TLD in recent years."

(Garry> only 250 ccTLD - many open to global use)

Are there any lessons to be learnt? "Yes," he told us. "If we did it again, ...... We would also have taken steps to make it more difficult to put the wrong information into the [domain registration] form. For example, we didn't specify how to put dates in, we just had a date field. This has made it harder to do an effective search."

And the same with the trademark box - in which some people managed to register domains during the trademark-only period if they typed "No trademark" in it? "There may have been ways in which we could have screened applications better."

(Garry> This is all, day one trainee system analysis stuff. Even a entry level programmer knows at the end of first week to validate data.)

However, in the search for those bogus applications - estimated to be between 15 and 25 per cent on applications in a report but given the more conservative 10 to 20 per cent by La Plante - there have been situations in which a bogus application has turned out to be true - just not in the US. "There is no international database of trademarks," he tells us.

(Garry> with such a low percentage quoted - is he protecting bogus TM registrations by registry, registrar and their friends?)

If someone's application does go to WIPO, they will have 20 days to reply with evidence of trademark or the domain will be put into a pot for a second "land grab" in February/March. The names will be published on the Afilias site, Mr La Plante told us.

(Garry> how many times are they going to re-sell the same blinking domains? They morally (perhaps legally) should go to those that paid for them in first Landrush.)

This is all my logical objective and informed opinion - but this lot deserve to be put in prison for what they have done.

The system is run and monitored by people whom are without honour.


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