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NCC position (Re: [wg-b] Final Report)
At 17:00 15.05.2000 -0400, Michael D. Palage wrote:
>This position appears to coincide with the Non-Commercial Constituency that
>has vehemently opposed the creation of such a list.
I don't think this is quite correct.
The NCC has vehemently opposed *inappropriate protection* for marks on such
a list, and has pointed out that criteria for creating such a list are very
hard to define, with ICANN being very far from an ideal organization to do
As a NCC member, and as a WG-B member, I have argued against ICANN creating
such a list, and argued against assigning special protection to names on a
list that we do not know the content of.
Once a list is created *by someone else*, the list can be evaluated, so I
agree with the chair's report that "if and when a universally famous marks
list is created, it would be prudent for ICANN to consider whether the list
is applicable to the then-existing gTLD registration process.".
My personal formulation of (2) would be:
(2) There does not appear to be any way that ICANN can create an useful
universally famous marks list at this point in time.
But I find the report "reasonably reasonable".
Harald Tveit Alvestrand, EDB Maxware, Norway