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RE: [wg-b] What WG-B is supposed to be doing (RE: Arbitration)

What if the alert, nofication, warning. . .  whatever you want to call it.
. . was available to anyone, not just to famous marks? If there were a
registration with "bell" in it, maybe a thousand or more domain name
holders would be notified. If there were a registration with the string
"eileenkent," maybe one or two domain holders would be notified. Whoever
signed up for notification (for a fee) would get nofication. 

This would solve two problems: 
1) defining a famous name (doesn't matter) and 
2) would not give special treatment to famous names and trademarks over
other interests.

Is this perhaps, an example of what Kathy Kleiman meant when talking about
letting the market handle it?

My thought for the day.


At 05:56 PM 9/26/99 +0200, Harald Tveit Alvestrand wrote:
>At 09:05 24.09.99 -0700, Roeland M.J. Meyer wrote:
>>Aside from the fact that AT&T may argue with that move, I don't see the
>>relevance. The issue is "famous marks" and I simply can't find a legal
>>definition for them.
>See the Paris Convention. Chapter and verse are in the WIPO report.
>Copies available from an UN office near you, I guess; otherwise, you could 
>always ask WIPO. (That's where I got mine).
>>  What's a famous mark and what isn't? If I, as a
>>registry, deny a registration, on what grounds do I base such a denial?
>That's why I think it's unworkable for ICANN to do anything about them 
>*now*: The procedures remain to be worked out in court.
>>To put it more clearly, if the makers of Olymia Beer (old weak dish
>>suds, I know) want a web-site called OLYMPIA.COM, and the Olympic
>>Committee has a hissy-fit over it, why should I get stuck in the middle?
>>I don't like the beer, nor do I like the Olympic Committee. The beer is
>>weak and the OC rots on trees. It gets worse with gTLDs.
>Welcome to the Famous Mark Fanclub :-)
>                   Harald
>Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Maxware, Norway