RE: [DNS] Dot tv sued

RE: [DNS] Dot tv sued

From: Ginger Fish <ginger-fish§>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 01:34:57 +1100
Hey we'd better warn ING that are selling .bz names, imagine someone
registering and suing them...

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Gethin [mailto:admin&#167;]
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 1:37 AM
To: dns&#167;
Subject: [DNS] Dot tv sued

Subscribers may be interested to know about a law suit by against .tv
corporation alleging misrepresentation on the part of .tv inducing it to pay
a ridiculous sum for the name. Its hard to tell from the papers but it may
have been $US 325,000 (whether it was for ever, one year or two isn't

Apparently poor old isn't getting any hits from the generic nature of
its name, only from expensive marketing campaigns.

An interesting side line is that the brief quotes ICANN general counsel on
domain name auctions. I don't necessarily endorse or disendorse his views -
it seems to me that there may be no ideal way to resolve multiple
applications - but his comment is relevant to current happenings in

"For the most part . the Internet community does not support a system that
directly advantages those with greater resources, as auction schemes are
likely to do. In one recent small-scale episode, an auction mechanism was
used during 2000 for the registration of certain names within the 'Dot TV'
ccTLD (associated with the island nation of Tuvalu), which resulted in a
dramatically increased cost to the public for registering those names (some
in excess of $5000 per year). That registration mechanism also resulted in
associated activities where names were registered abusively with the intent
of ransoming them to trademark owners."

Of course I cannot agree that auctions are likely to lead to trade mark
abuse any more than any other registration system.

I may try to find out whether anyone in Australia with a problem with .tv
can join in as a class action plaintiff.

Stephen Gethin
IT Lawyer

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