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Username: dtobias
Date/Time: Wed, January 16, 2002 at 4:14 PM GMT (Wed, January 16, 2002 at 11:14 AM EST)
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Subject: Validating .names

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In the registry's defense, there really isn't any feasible way of automatically validating whether a registration is the real name of the registrant, short of requiring them to send in their driver's license or passport or birth certificate, which would add a lot of delay and expense and aggravation to the process of registering a personal domain name, something which needs to be made quick and easy for this to succeed in the general consumer market.  Also, the rules *don't* limit .name registrations to your full legal name; nicknames are OK too, but there's no way to validate that -- should you need an affidavit signed by a certain number of friends who certify that you're known by that name?  There is also a provision allowing the creator or copyright owner of a fictional character to register the corresponding .name domain.

It's reasonable enough, then, that any validation of somebody's right to a particular name is left to the challenge process afterward if somebody else objects.

Incidentally, john.smith.name appears to be the subject of a defensive registration; you can query those in the WHOIS too by checking the appropriate radio button.  It doesn't seem like one that will hold up, though, as it can be challenged by any of the numerous people in the world with that name.

--Dan
Dan's Domain Site: http://domains.dantobias.com/
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