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||Sun, December 30, 2001 at 12:23 AM GMT
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||This is to be expected
Many people including myself are not convinced parties with trademarks should take
priority in domain acquisition over anyone else.|
This would only be fair if those
parties were forced to use the domain for a site about the specific entity upon which
the trademark is registered, and even then there are many other factors to consider.
so, for what was the trademark registered to take business.info? Must have been in
some obscure class irrelevant of the word's normal usage.
Does the owner intend
to use it specifically for the trademarked entity? If he intends to sell it or use
it as a generic to make a directory like business.com he arguably has acted immorally
as should have had no advantage over everyone else. It should not be used as a generic
if it was acquired under trademark circumstances. This is why sunrise is such a pile
I know lawyers (and many other people) do not care about rights and
wrongs. They tend to only care about succeeding in their challenges. But some of
us are less willing to sell out on our principles.
As for 'hate mail' and threats,
I think that is to be expected in the apalling dog-eat-dog culture that has emerged
shattering the dream of a non-political non-corporate online world. But then you
can blame lawyers, big business and corrupt governments for that. They thrive in
a culture of greed, corruption and intimidation.