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