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RE: [wg-b] Japanese Sunrise Program

That's very true. One can't run the rude prig through with a sword when

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hartman, Steve [mailto:HartmanS@Nabisco.com]
> Sent: Friday, October 06, 2000 12:06 PM
> To: 'Mikki Barry'; wg-b@dnso.org
> Subject: RE: [wg-b] Japanese Sunrise Program
> I don't know what the article or what Japan did proves about 
> the Sunrise
> Proposal, but the reaction of those wg-b members below 
> writing about the
> matter shows that, like the Japanese discovered hiding on a 
> island years
> after WW2 ended, they are still fighting the war.
> A question I've thought about alot over the past few months 
> is whether the
> Internet lends itself to serious debate about deeply felt 
> issues or held
> beliefs. As difficult as it is to reach consensus on such issues in
> face-to-face meetings, well established social conventions encourage
> civility and there are informal and formal rules of procedure 
> that we are
> accustomed to. The social customs and practices that foster 
> civil behavior
> in face-t0-face communication are lacking in on-line communications.
> Steve
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mikki Barry [mailto:ooblick@netpolicy.com]
> Sent: Friday, October 06, 2000 2:18 PM
> To: wg-b@dnso.org
> Subject: Re: [wg-b] Japanese Sunrise Program
> >Dear (former) WG-B Members:
> >
> >I think this article shows that despite all the criticisms about the
> Sunrise
> >Program it was the best solution available.
> >
> >Mike
> >
> Isn't that rather akin to saying "because a few people go overboard, 
> it's ok to repeal the First Amendment because that's the best 
> solution available?"  It's an overreaching overreaction to the cyber 
> bullying by the trademark lobby, scaring registrars into draconian 
> measures in the attempt to avoid liability.
> It's very sad to see the way the ideals of the Internet have given 
> way to wholesale strip mining of the name space for the benefit of 
> the few.  Registrars, registries, and other businesses alike have 
> 'caved in' to the demands of a single lobby "because it's easier" 
> than standing up for what is right.
> First the names will become too regulated for individuals and small 
> business owners.  Next, the content will be threatened to the point 
> where you'll need a lawyer before you can post a web page.  That 
> isn't what the Internet should be about.  "The Internet is for 
> Everyone?"  Ironic, no?
> The "best solution available" is the same as it has ALWAYS been. 
> Open the name space.  Thousands of new TLDs will alleviate consumer 
> confusion.  After all, isn't preventing "consumer confusion" what 
> trademark law is build upon in the first place?  Wouldn't consumers 
> be less confused by delta.air, delta.hardware, and delta.dental than 
> who gets delta.com?  Then deal with actual cases of infringement. 
> Gee, what a concept!