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Username: The Walt Disney Company
Date/Time: Fri, November 3, 2000 at 11:49 PM GMT
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Subject: KDD Internet Co. Ltd. Application



To Whom It May Concern:

The Walt Disney Company ("Disney") submits the application of KDD Internet Solutions Co., Ltd. ("KDD") to add a new top-level domain .biz must be rejected.

Disney owns subsidiaries engaged in motion picture production and distribution, development, the operation of theme parks, television production and broadcasting.  Disney has also been an Internet pioneer.  Through the creation and development of, Disney has extended its market for family-oriented entertainment onto the Internet.  The Walt Disney Internet Group produces some of the most popular online sites for sports information (, television entertainment ( and news (

Disney is a member of the Business Constituency.

As a domain name registrant engaged in a variety of commercial enterprises, Disney welcomes the addition of new gTLDs.  In particular, Internet stability, commercial accountability and consumer trust are enhanced by the prospect of additional, chartered, top-level domains.  However, Disney can only welcome such developments within the context of a structure within which law, particularly those relating to intellectual property rights, are applicable and enforceable.  The KDD application fails to meet this threshold and should be rejected.

KDD rejects any intention to permit open access to the most fundamental information regarding the identity of domain name registrants.  This position against transparency and will encourage irresponsibility and undermine stability of the Internet.

KDD's application is also unacceptably vague in terms of other intellectual property protections.  ICANN must require specificity from applicants concerning their proposed procedures before those applicants should be entrusted with the creation of new top-level domain name space.

Very truly yours,

J. Andrew Coombs
Executive Counsel
The Walt Disney Company



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