Re: Study Finds Bias in Internet domain name dispute resolution

Re: Study Finds Bias in Internet domain name dispute resolution

From: Jim Birch <jbirch§multinode.com.au>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 14:26:36 +0800
Meliza Smith wrote:

> Many domain names, like kelloggs.com, dolby.com, nike.com DO carry
> information about the goods or services being offered at that Internet site.

One problem here is that "dolby" is a common surname.  Similarly, "nike" is the
name of the greek goddess of victory, appropriated by a sporting goods company
after a couple of millennia of free public use.  Neither of these words were
invented by their trademark owners though they have added to their meanings.

At first sight, it is a little strange that an individual or organisation can
begin identifying themselves with a common word then claim exclusive rights to
it's use, especially in what is - debatably - a new realm of human activity.

Jim Birch
Received on Tue Nov 14 2000 - 14:31:45 UTC

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