Saturday, June 25, 2005

Domain Name Clone

Interesting story last month about Wal-Mart having a domain name URL stripped away from an individual.

In this story Wal-Mart went to the WIPO Arbitration Center.

Wal-Mart's Domain Name Battles by ZDNet's Phil Windley -- A recent decision by the WIPO Arbitration Center took the domain name away from Jeff Milchen, a self-described Wal-Mart critic. The panel found that Milchen had "registered the name in bad faith," a term that has specific meaning under ICANN's Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). According to Evan Brown:In taking this "totality of [...]

There were four points that the arbitration panel had found that were in violation by the individual. In essence what this individual was doing was in direct conflict with ICANN policies.

Is this a watershed case? What about all the cloned url websites? How will this affect free speech? Where does free speech stop and protecting legitimate trade marks begin? Will we see more cases brought to arbitration?


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