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From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 19:12:51 +1000 (EST)
I'll see your domain name in Court!
Two little-noticed and otherwise unremarkable decisions from the US
4th Circuit Court of Appeals, decided on 23 August 2002, now affirm a
principle that is perhaps worrying for those 20 million or so .com
domain name registrants who live outside the USA.

Misleading domain name ads stopped
In the first case of its kind the OFT has stopped two companies from
publishing misleading advertisements for website domain names that
are difficult to view on the world wide web. The OFT worked alongside
the US Federal Trade Commission on this case.

Australian to chair domain group
AN Australian has been appointed chair of one of the key internet
domain name advisory bodies.
Bruce Tonkin, chief technical officer at Melbourne IT, was last night
appointed chair of the Names Council - part of the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).,7204,5000460%5e16123%5e%5enbv%5e,00.html

Canada: "Confusingly Similar" in the Canadian Domain Name Dispute
Resolution Policy" (Mondaq - detailed registration)
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has adopted a
domain name dispute resolution policy for the .ca registry. The CIRA
Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (CDRP) and its related
procedural rules, the CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Rules
(Rules), became operative on June 27, 2002.1 The CDRP provides a
domain name dispute resolution procedure that adopts many aspects of
the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy2(UDRP) adopted by the World
Intellectual Property Organization in 1999. However, there are a
number of very important differences from the UDRP. The first group
of differences is directed to Canadian issues, including the Canadian
Presence Requirements for Registrants.3 The second category of
variations relates to the significantly narrower scope of complaint
which can be decided under the CDRP. The third group is directed to
procedural variations. These differences, which permeate the CDRP and
the Rules, require careful attention by those who seek to initiate a
proceeding, registrant who must respond to a complaint, and those who
counsel others in connection with the CDRP. While other articles have
discussed the CDRP,4 this article focuses on the interpretation of
the term "confusingly similar" in the basis for a complaint under the

BA wins rights to 
British Airways has had a .info domain awarded to it by the World
Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) after its initial
registrant refused to sell it.

Brazilian Registry Releases Domain Names
The registry for .COM.BR, Brazil's ccTLD, has announced that until
8:00 PM (Brazilian time) September 8, 2002, it is making a number of
domain names available through a "liberalization process."

4th Cir. Says ACPA in rem Proceedings  Allow For Infringement  &
Dilution Claims Aug. 29, 2002
On August 23, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued
an important decision on the in rem provisions of the
AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. 1125(d).
Harrods v. Sixty Internet Domain Names, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 17530
(4th Cir. Aug. 23, 2002).
NAF Panel Issues Alt-TLD Decision, Condemns Reverse Cybersquatting
Aug. 29, 2002
Yesterday, the National Arbitration Forum released the first decision
involving a non-ICANN approved domain name. The case, brought under
the "Model Dispute Resolution Policy," involved the name


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