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Username: richard_henderson
Date/Time: Thu, January 3, 2002 at 11:31 PM GMT
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Subject: Did they have a Trademark?


I agree with you that it would be ideal for use by a charitable organisation - but to be impartial, the question that would have to be asked is: did the charity actually have a Trademark? Presumably they were defeated in the challenge because they did not.

What this illustrates, however, is the way priority has been given to Trademark owners - to the exclusion of many individuals and groups who should also have a right to use the English language and generic domain names.

Nevertheless, the challenge may have been honest according to the rules, which clearly stipulated that real Trademarks were needed to make a Sunrise registration.

It's the rules themselves, giving Trademark holders rights above all other people on the planet, which should be questioned.

Why should business give you an exclusive right to an Internet address any more than the right to a particular word in the Telephone Directory or the name of your House? In a free society, why shouldn't everyone have the right to use ordinary generic words in our language, unless there is evidence of deliberately trying to interfere with another person's trade?      


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