James Love on Tue, 18 Apr 2000 15:37:32 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> [Random-bits] Sexton, Berryhill et all on ICANN and trademarks

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This is an online petition to ICANN regarding the issue of trademark's
and domain names.  


In the sign-on letter to ICANN, be


This is from the letter:

     MichaelKirkIsaPedophile.com is libelous, and has legal consequences
as a string of text. 

     HaveSexWithMeForMoney.com is a criminal solicitation. 

     TheHolocaustIsaJewishLie.com is likewise a criminal utterance, but
in Germany, not the U.S. 

     MuhammadTheProphetAtePork.com is blasphemous and likely a capital
offense in several countries. 

     Yet, despite these and other categories of legally significant
alphanumeric character sequences, some even criminal in nature, nobody
is proposing a prior restraint on them. 

     Trademark infringement is only a subset of a much larger category
of legally-proscribable uses of alphanumeric characters.

     Why, among all forms of legally significant text strings, are
trademarks singled out for a heretofore unknown pre-emptive right?
Because ICANN, a technical body, has an "Intellectual Property
Constituency" with non-technical concerns. 

James Love, Director           | http://www.cptech.org
Consumer Project on Technology | mailto:love@cptech.org 
P.O. Box 19367                 | voice: 1.202.387.8030
Washington, DC 20036           | fax:
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