[DNS] Verizon really sucks

[DNS] Verizon really sucks

From: Patrick Corliss <patrick§quad.net.au>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 08:12:00 +1000
The following was posted on a US mailing list list&#167;ifwp.org by a leading
internet authority Milton Mueller.  See, for example, his essays on the Open
Root Server website at http://www.open-rsc.org/essays/


-----Original Message-----
From: Milton Mueller <mueller&#167;syr.edu>
To: wg-b&#167;dnso.org <wg-b§dnso.org>; ifwp <list§ifwp.org>
Date: Tuesday, 9 May 2000 7:10
Subject: [IFWP] Verizon really sucks

Bell Atlantic is attempting to use reverse domain name hijacking
to prevent the use of critical domain names.

Verizon is the new name of the Bell Atlantic-GTE merger.
BA pre-emptively registered "verizonsucks.com"
So an organization registered "verizonreallysucks.com"

Showing a rather pathetic lack of a sense of humor, not to
mention a lack of better things to do with her time, Bell
Atlantic's lawyer Sarah Deutsch sent a letter that asserted,
among other things:

"your registration and/or use of these domain names infringes
Bell Atlantic’s valuable trademark rights in the “Verizon” mark
and violates the new Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection
Act (the “Anticybersquatting Act”) Accordingly, unless you
immediately agree to take the steps set forth below, including
ceasing any use of the “Verizon” and “Bell
Atlantic” marks and transferring the domain name
Atlantic intends to proceed under the federal Trademark Act,
including the Anticybersquatting Act, by filing suit to protect
its rights in federal court."

I hope I, too, will be privileged to get such a letter, since the
label of this message also uses a trademarked term.

See the article here

Received on Tue May 09 2000 - 06:09:54 UTC

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