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URS and existing TLDs

  • To: irt-final-report@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: URS and existing TLDs
  • From: Acroplex LLC <acroplex@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 15:21:11 -0400

As a domain entrepreneur and a trademark holder, I must say that the process
of protecting the rights of trademark holders should not abuse the rights of
domain owners.

Any provisions to protect the future registrations of gTLD's against tm
infringement should focus on the TLD's themselves. All current existing TLDs
should be excluded from any such process, simply because it's unrelated to
their prior existence.

It is clear that ICANN opened Pandora's box by introducing gTLD's that can
be *any* words, unlike the existing due process that in the course of the
past 15+ years has provided the stability of the domain space.

ICANN is changing the course of business on the Internet for hundreds of
millions of people, unleashing unnecessary TLDs that will need to be
defended by trademark holders; then patching this decision up by providing
URS to trademark holders as a compromise to their concerns.

Why should legitimate domain owners, entrepreneurs and investors be caught
in the middle of this maelstrom that ICANN created?

Again, any proposed IRT process *MUST* exclude all existing TLDs and clearly
provide for their permanent exclusion from it.

Theo Develegas
General Manager
Acroplex LLC
Orlando, FL

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