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[wg-b] RE: (wg-b) RE: (wg-b) food for thought
If the cost is cheap, that's great. What do the registrars have to
say? The neutral warning to me is only of some value if it is
triggered BEFORE the registration actually occurs. Even if you have
no intent to infringe, the warning will not by itself cause people to
give up the name. We find that in the vast majority of our cases, our
cease and desist letters are ignored. So, I'm not overly optimistic
that the warning by itself would change any behavior.
For the cybersquatters, I agree that the warning would be ignored
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Subject: Re: (wg-b) RE: (wg-b) food for thought
Author: "d3nnis" <SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org> at GCOHUB
Date: 9/25/99 2:06 AM
> I think the warning system is certainly worth exploring as a
> supplement -- not a replacement -- for the proactive exclusion. Has
> anyone vetted the idea with the registrars and determined the costs
> technical feasibility of implementing such as system? I think the
> registrars would reject the idea because it would require them to
> down their systems by adding an additional step in the automated
> registration process in which all domain name registration requests
> are referred to a centralized database, which would then do a check
> and spew back the warning.
Thanks for the interesting answer.
I should have been clearer in my question: my curiosity concerns how
you feel about the effectiveness of neutral warnings.
I tend to think that a neutral warning given to a registrant who has
no intentions of infringing is likely to ensure that infringement doesn't
occur ... and to magnify the impact of any cease and desist letter that
might be issued by a trademark holder afterwards.
For someone planning to engage in infringement, the warning would
clearly have no impact, I realize. Your agreement/disagreement on this
point would be interesting to hear.
Parenthetically, I tend to disagree with you on the cost factor (though
I'm no expert). A neutral warning system wouldseem by definition to
be far cheaper andmore automated than an exclusion mechanism if one
were forced to choose between the two, IMHO.
> A key question is when the warning would take place -- before or
> the applicant has submitted its application and fee. If the
> receives the warning after the automated process -- the warning is
> virtually useless. After paying the bucks, few domain name holders
> would voluntarily relinquish their domain name registrations. They
> would still wait for the trademark owner to come after them and sue.
> The proactive exclusion helps protect their essential famous mark. I
> am open to the idea of the pre-registration warning system, if
> properly, as a way to protect all the cybersquatting on variations of
> famous marks.
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> Subject: Re: (wg-b) RE: (wg-b) food for thought
> Author: "d3nnis" <SMTP:email@example.com> at GCOHUB
> Date: 9/23/99 8:40 AM
> Sarah --
> I would value hearing your viewpoint on the use of neutral
> warning system as discussed a couple days ago.
> My apologies if you already have done so: mailbox problems
> have caused me to lose mail recently.
> I understand you prefer to have an exclusion process. My questions are:
> in the absence of an exclusion process, would you favor a warning system?
> And, with or without an exclusion process, do you feel that a warning
> is practicable?
> > The latest draft of the UDRP is fatally flawed. It provides no
> > remedy for trademark owners and in my opinion will not be used
> > drastic changes are made. Contrary to the statement made below,
> > latest draft of the policy does not give the trademark owner the
> > to challenge any registration that is confusingly similar -- the
> > standard under US trademark law. Trademark owners must prove,
> > other hurdles, that the domain name was registered PRIMARILY for
> > purpose of disrupting business of a COMPETITOR; or that the domain
> > name holder attempted to attract for FINANCIAL GAIN, users to its
> > by INTENTIONALLY creating confusion by using a mark that is
> > SUBSTANTIALLY IDENTICAL to the trademark or service mark.
> > As you can see, this test is totally unacceptable. If this is the
> > policy, no one will use it.
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> > Subject: Re: (wg-b) food for thought
> > Author: "Milton Mueller" <SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org> at GCOHUB
> > Date: 9/23/99 2:10 PM
> > This discussion is proceeding as if the alternative to famous marks
> > exclusions is pure court litigation. That is not correct.
> > We cannot lose sight of the fact that a Uniform Dispute Resolution
> > which ICANN is in the process of adopting, will give famous mark holders
> > following:
> > a) accurate and complete contact info of all registrants
> > b) right to identify and challenge any registration that is identical to
> > "confusingly" similar to their mark in a process that is much less
> > and faster than the courts.
> > I don't see what exclusion adds to that process, except additional
> > bureaucracy, and opportunities for abuse of domain name holders.
> > Roeland M.J. Meyer wrote:
> > > Famous marks, because they are famous, also have the wherewithall to
> > > defend their marks. Start-up enterprises do not have this, but they
> > > do not yet have a mark, or brand, to defend yet.
> > --
> > m i l t o n m u e l l e r // m u e l l e r @ s y r . e d u
> > syracuse university http://istweb.syr.edu/~mueller/