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Username: spot
Date/Time: Mon, October 22, 2001 at 11:45 AM GMT
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Subject: Leopold must be stopped


Because I am so against further bullying tactics to retrieve geo names from people who have an equal right to them, if telling the Hawaiian authorities about Leopold may make this more likely to become a reality, then I think it too much of a sacrifice.

But although arguably TM holders should have no more right to a domain than anyone else, wipo has changed all that and there is little that can be done about that in the short term. Therefore perhaps Hawaii TM holders should be informed about this theft. Leopold would become a victim of the bullshit culture she writhes in. The global legal implications of a TM holder taking the name would be far less that if a local authority did since it's already the norm with wipo, so I don't think it would increase the risk to the internet community (when you consider that it's a bogus sunrise and not a generic owned legitimately).

And as you say, if a TM holder did challenge her for it, ICANN may confiscate it off them later anyway.

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