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Re: new.net: yet another dns namespace overlay play
- From: Scott Gifford
- Date: Wed Mar 07 04:23:52 2001
William Allen Simpson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Patrick Greenwell wrote:
> > On Tue, 6 Mar 2001, Paul A Vixie wrote:
> > > ICANN's prospective failure is evidently in the mind of the beholder.
> > Besides producing a UDRP that allows trademark interests to convienently
> > reverse-hijack domains
> Awhile back, somebody made a similar accusation. So, I spent the
> better part of a weekend reviewing a selection of UDRP decisions.
> Quite frankly, I didn't find a single one that seemed badly reasoned.
> Could someone point to a "reverse-hijacked" domain decision?
Assuming that I'm correctly understanding what is meant by
"reverse-hijacked", the most notorious case I'm aware of is
"walmartsucks.com". This domain was taken from an owner serving up
criticism of Wal-Mart, and given to Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart apparently
claimed that this domain name was so similar to their actual
trademark, customers could be confused into visiting the wrong site,
and ICANN somehow agreed.
I don't know where the official ICANN ruling is on this, but I recall
seeing it discussed in a number of places at the time. Let me know if
you can't find a reference, and I'll see if I can dig one up.