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Username: World Thoughts
Date/Time: Sat, November 4, 2000 at 6:01 PM GMT
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Subject: TMs


<<< Whenever a domain name is attempted to be registered, a database check is made to see if that name already exists.  If a database of *registered* trademarks could also be checked (at the time of registration), potential infringement might be avoided. >>>>

Holding a given trademark does not give the trademark holder monopolization rights over the descriptor. Many generic words are trademarked, yet without a doubt non-trademark entities should have a right to register these domains.

It is the unique non-word descriptor that I feel needs maximum protection, for it is not a standard word.

Then we get into the issue that there are multiple trademarks for a given word, especially when you look at the global landscape.

Furthermore, if only trademark holders had rights to generics, then what would be the point of adding new TLDs. The holders would be assured redundancy in every TLD, and variations of their TM.

It's time ICANN and WIPO and all the other arbiters recognized that domains are not trademarks; they are addresses. And it is time that domainholders were valued too.

But there isn't a monster domainholders lobby.



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