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Re: [nc-udrp]uk.com extension

Extending the UDRP to the third level of the domain name
hierarchy raises profound issues that probably, almost
certainly, go well beyond what is possible in the first
round of revisions. Unless there is evidence that this is a 
MAJOR problem I suggest we concentrate on getting 
the second level right. 

I say this as the former representative of the IPC constituency
on the task force. Of course, that designation lasted for 
only a few minutes, but I greatly enjoyed the new status
conferred on me by the DNSO secretariat!


>>> <sarah.b.deutsch@verizon.com> 12/09/02 09:35PM >>>

I'd like to alert the Task Force to a new issue that has been discussed
within the BC concerning infringement problems arising in  the .uk.com
extension.  Currently, neither the UDRP nor Nominet provide any form of
alternative dispute resolution for this extension, which has, not
surprisingly, resulted in a host of new infringement problems for owners of
well known marks.  Apparently, the UDRP does not currently cover any domain
name beyond second-level domains ( e.g.  Aventis.eu.com WIPO case).
CentralNic, the Registry for the .uk.com  extension, is now stuck acting as
a "neutral third party" in the middle of third party disputes, but I
believe they would like a fast and easy way out of this situation.   I
would like to propose that the Task Force engage in further discussion on
how the UDRP can potentially address this problem.


Sarah B. Deutsch
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Verizon Communications
Phone: 703-351-3044
Fax:      703-351-3670

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