Re: [DNS] What's in a name? Too little, says panel

Re: [DNS] What's in a name? Too little, says panel

From: Patrick Corliss <patrick§quad.net.au>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 15:18:57 +1100
Hi Doug

Briefly, comments were not mine, it was a report from the Sydney Morning
Herald.  The following statement is almost certainly not true:

> Most significantly, the report proposes anyone applying for a domain name
> should first hold an associated trademark.

The report itself is published, where you might expect, on the auDa website
at:

                http://www.auda.org.au/panel/name/index.html

> But you can't trademark generic words so suggestion
> above and this one are mutually exclusive are they?

Of course you can trademark generic words.  There are many, many examples
including "Tide" soap powder and "Freedom" tampons.  In fact, I once had a
passing thought about writing a whole sentence just out of generic trademarks.
Try it if you like.

But be careful about the meaning of "generic" as defined by Melbourne IT.

> What power has this panel to implement any of this?

Perhaps you should just browse the auDA website at http://www.auda.org.au/

Best regards
Patrick Corliss



----- Original Message -----
From: Doug Robb <doug&#167;clarity.com.au>
To: <dns&#167;auda.org.au>
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: [DNS] What's in a name? Too little, says panel


>
> On Sun, 19 Nov 2000, Patrick Corliss wrote:
>
> > Most significantly, the report proposes anyone applying for a domain name
> > should first hold an associated trademark.
> >
>
> Does anyone know where to get hold of a copy of the report?
>
> The suggestion above is rather strange to say the least.
>
> >
> > Trademarks are more expensive to obtain.
> >
>
> But and this is the killer ... using the usual application
> process they take at least a year to get .....
>
> > The chair of the 30-person panel, Swinburne University academic Mr Derek
> > Whitehead, said its most controversial proposal was to get rid of a ban on
> > generic names. This would allow the likes of sydney.com.au to be
registered.
> >
>
> But you can't trademark generic words so suggestion
> above and this one are mutually exclusive are they?
>
> > But Mr Whitehead said no final decision would be made until a meeting on
> > December 12.
> >
>
> What power has this panel to implement any of this?
>
> regards doug
>
>
>
>
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