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From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 22:09:22 +1000 (EST)
Confusing Similarity Under ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy
ICANN's UDRP has allowed a fast and efficient system of domain name
dispute resolution, the most common ground for complaint and transfer
being that the domain name in question is confusingly similar to a
registered or common law trademark of the Complainant. Unfortunately,
UDRP Panellists have not been sufficiently rigorous in their
consideration of confusing similarity and the non-distinctiveness of
domain names to justify many such conclusions. Furthermore, in
seeking to avoid trans-jurisdictional conflicts of law, their
application of confusingly similarity may be conveniently general,
but it results in outcomes which would be unacceptable to many common
law jurisdictions.

domain action "too little too late"
The Office of Fair Trading in the UK has reported that it has
obtained undertakings from a domain name retailer that effectively
stops it from making misleading claims in its advertising. While the
official release hails this apparent success, the case seems to have
more than meets the eye.

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.,22071,

auDA New Names Advisory Panel
The New Names Advisory Panel was appointed by the auDA Board in June
2002 to evaluate proposals for new second level domains (2LDs) in the
.au domain, including:

ICANN General Counsel's Second Analysis of VGRS's Request for
Amendment to Registry Agreement

Name grabbers working domain scam 
Internet name holders are being warned to watch out for a scam which
could see them unsuspectingly switch their domain name registrar.

Opposition to
Opposition has been swift and almost universal to the Bankers
Association's attempt to have the domain name re-considered
following the success of!opendocument

InternetNZ to review second level domains this year
InternetNZ, the controller of the .nz name space, is to assess
whether a second level domain name (2LD) for .nz is needed.!opendocument

Spurned bidders slam ICANN .org redelegation
Ten organizations that were overlooked in an evaluation to decide the
next manager of the $15m-a-year .org internet domain on Friday
criticized the selection process, calling it inconsistent, opaque and
unfair, Kevin Murphy writes. One bidder even hinted at a legal
challenge the process, which was orchestrated by the Internet Corp
for Assigned Names and Numbers.

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

Harrods Limited, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Sixty Internet Domain Names;
Published - United States Court Of Appeals For The Fourth Circuit

Porsche Cars North America, Incorporated; Dr. Ing. H.C.F. Porsche AG,
Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. PORSCHE.NET; PORSCHECLUB.NET;
Published United States Court Of Appeals For The Fourth Circuit


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