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Dispute Resolution Policy
The following are comments I would like to make about the proposed
Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
Section 2: "you will not knowingly use the domain name in violation of
any applicable laws or regulations."
I don't believe this should be of any concern to ICANN or the registrar.
Past court decisions have determined that a domain name is considered
property of the registrant. If I purchase a vehicle, do I have to sign
an agreement stating that I will not speed? This item could clearly be
used by the registrar to dictate what I may and may not have on my web
page, and by individuals and governments for censorship.
Section 4: " you have no rights or legitimate interests in respect of
the domain name;"
If I register a domain name simply because it hits my fancy, and a
year later some large corporation registers it as a trademark, why
would they have the right to take property that I have previously
staked out? Is is the equivalent to purchasing lake front property in
the 1800's and having it taken from me in present day simply because
I did not build a house on it. What would give anyone this right?!?
In conclusion, please consider the rights of the individual, and small
business. Although no one likes a "cyber squatter", simply registering
a domain name with no current designs on it does not mean a person
plans on extorting money for it.