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Username: Nicholas Bernstein
Date/Time: Sat, December 29, 2001 at 2:12 PM GMT
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Subject: Afilias is being Careful


      Afilias is just being careful not to go after names they likely would lose a challenge against (thats just economics). If they were to recklessly challeng any name that looked a bit suspicous, it  would be foolish.  Also, they don't want to be sued in some country were they don't have a proper legal infrastructure to protect them against damaging lawsuits like say Papau New Guinea from trademark holders there.  I bet you can pay someone a few hundred or thousand dollars U.S. (more money than the guy probably makes in a year!) to get a backdated trademark certificate in pretty well any country outside of the G-8. Basically, this whole Sunrise idea was wrong to start with and impossible to adminster anyway. Afilias only proposed it this way because they had to appease the trademark lobby in order to get approval from ICANN for a new top level domain. So blame big business and also ICANN for listening to them. I think Afilias has actually done an ok job in the past couple of months of addressing the fraud.


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