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Re: [wg-b] Why Lawyers Shouldn't Run the Internet

At 13:44 10.04.2000 -0500, eileen kent wrote:

>Why would they register it? Possibility #1: Hit and run profits. Pretending
>to be Hewlett Packard, perhaps actually taking orders from consumers--out
>and out fraud. Possibility #2: Diverting traffic to (usually) a porn site
>whose revenue model is based on page views. Once you've been diverted
>windows are automatically spawned sometimes sending you into a loop. The
>name "Cupcake City" makes one suspects it would be #2. Again, it is hit and
>run. Do it until you get caught. As in the Oreo example and Nasa.com and
>countless others.

fyi, what the domain does presently (6:20 AM GMT, probably not for much
longer) is to pop up 4 windows of advertising and redirect your main browser
to the Hewlett-Packard homepage.

>I guess you can't throw out the baby with the bath water. You have to
>protect the first amendment rights of the dross if you want to protect the
>rights of those who have legitimate purpose, e.g., using parody to make a
>political statement.
>I STILL think notification is the answer.

[mandatory rehash of old position]
And I still agree, but don't think ICANN needs to set it up; if ICANN mandates
open WHOIS databases, notification will happen.


Harald Tveit Alvestrand, EDB Maxware, Norway