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Re: [wg-b] Straw Vote Results

On 6 October 1999, "Roeland M.J. Meyer" <rmeyer@mhsc.com> wrote:

>In light of the news, that you dropped yesterday, that DNS names cannot
>be trademarks, or represent trademarks, It can then be argued that DNS
>names cannot violate trademarks either. Ergo, there is no issue with
>famous marks since  the ability to violate a trademark is a
>pre-requisite for violating a famous mark. Ergo, exclusionary lists are
>irrelevant and possibly illegal for the stated purpose, under US law.

My reading of that was that a TLD (e.g., .com, .org, .net, .edu, .gov,
.mil, and so on) could not be a trademark.  Unless whoever authored that
piece was confused as to what is a TLD and what is an SLD.

Mark C. Langston
Systems Admin
San Jose, CA