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  • From: Mike Batchelor
  • Date: Fri Mar 09 16:26:32 2001

>   I agree. Such a policy would only serve to legitimize trademark
> infringement. Also, since multiple entities can, and often do, have
> identical trademarks in different business classes, there will still be
> contention for even such .tm domains.
>   If one considers the structure of name useage, from local assumed names
> to registered trademarks by international organizations, the only logical
> conclusion is to move everything to the regional domain structure and
> totally do away with .com .net .org .edu and even .gov! It would seem to
> be the only structure compatible with all scales of naming requirements
> and should make domain related trademark issues a bit cleaner.

I'm partial to expanding the list of generic TLDs with a large number of
short, meaningless strings, thereby allowing many identical 2nd level
domains to exist while at the same time creating a daunting task for the
all-your-name-are-belong-to-us crowd of squatters, lawyers and marketers.

I suggest the set of A0, A1, A2 ... Z7, Z8, Z9 ... 0A, 1A, 2A ... 7Z, 8Z,
9Z.  This assumes that the ISO will never issue a country code containing a
digit - I don't know if that is the case.

When registering a 2nd level domain, you wouldn't get to pick the top
level - the registry would pick one at random for you.  This would give us
520 gTLDs.  Expand it to one letter and two digits for 5200.  Some
combinations of A-F and 0-9 would need to be excluded in order to avoid TLDs
that are hex numerals, which might confuse some resolver libraries.  Only
purpose-specific top levels like .museum would be represented by meaningful
strings.  The legacy gTLDs should be deprecated and eventually retired.  The
ccTLDs would remain the responsibility of their associated sovereignty, and
could be regional or generic in nature, however the ccTLD authority wishes
to run their registry.

In a nutshell, that's Mike Batchelor's Recipe for Enduring Happiness,
Prosperity and Harmony for the 21st century.

> Chuck

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