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Username: zzmars
Date/Time: Thu, October 19, 2000 at 6:21 AM GMT
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Subject: The UDRP will make all discussion concerning initial domain registration useless...


It really doesn't matter whether you have pre-registered names with IOD or you wait until the new gTLDs open up.  You can bet if you registered a desirable name, big business will leverage the UDRP to hijack it from you.

If you read some of the arbitration disputes, most of the panels will transfer a domain name (even if it's a common word) if it is "confusingly similar" to a trademark and you are not making use of the name right now.

I urge everyone, no matter what registries you are rooting for to oppose the UDRP.  It's one thing to transfer a name like ',' which is clearly not a common dictionary word, but when we transfer '' for trademark violation, we have a severe problem.  And '' was transferred, by the way.

One of the reasons for creating new gTLDs, especially .web, is to promote diversity which is not necessarily centered around commercial enterprise.  In this regard, I firmly believe that the .web domain system deserves a great deal of immunity from the UDRP, especially concerning common dictionary words.  Small individuals and businesses, without millions of dollars in legal power, should not have to pick over the crappy names left behind after big business has ransacked the name system.  .Com was created for commercial enterprise; .web is being created to faciliate a "global village for sharing new ideas and information."  Members of the internet community, who believe in the "freedom of speech" should fight to reduce the power of the UDRP over the .web and other new gTLDs.

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