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Username: 410
Date/Time: Wed, November 28, 2001 at 10:31 PM GMT
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Subject: Problem

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I'm sorry, but you're part of the problem, I think. You perpetuate a misconception.

Domains are not company names. They are not trademarks.

They are Internet addresses. Ideally, the content of a website is connected to the domain string itself. WIPO.CO.UK describes the content of the site at that address. It does not have to be the organization WIPO that exists at WIPO.org. A company is NOT guaranteed monopolization rights for their string.

Freedom of speech should be protected. So long as the site owner does not pretend to the WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, it should be fine.

Again, domains are not trademarks.

I have always said that we should consider a domain to be more like a book title. Would a book entitled WIPO or Microsoft, or Verisign be a violation against the companies that go by those names? No. The titles are mere descriptors that reflect the subject of each respective book.


 


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