DNS: Generic words describing products etc

DNS: Generic words describing products etc

From: Richard Archer <rha§interdomain.net.au>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 18:12:25 +1000

At 16:21 +1000 14/8/97, ramin wrote:

>one question about section 7.4.  why are we so concerned about
>banking.com.au or beer.com.au

>> 7.4.6 Not be a generic word describing products (goods or services),
>> industries, industry sectors, or organisations.  Examples of
>> unacceptable domain names include: beer (product), banking
>> (industry), industrial (industry), company (organisation type).
>> Generic phrases comprising of two or more generic words are allowed.

If this is going to be included in the policy document, then the list of
forbidden words needs to be defined a lot more clearly than this.

DNAs are opening themselves up for legal action if they have to make
arbitrary decisions on whether or not a word comes under one of the listed
restrictions. This is a very grey area.

For example, is 'pilots.com.au' allowed?
I submit that 'pilots' are not a product, industry, industry sector, nor
organisation. I also submit that this name would probably be rejected by

I suggest that there be a list of forbidden words, and DNAs just look up
the word in the list and allow it if it is not listed. I am sure there must
be a list of such terms available somewhere.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Archer.

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