August 15, 2005

New categories of domain name disputes

We entered a new age in domain name disputes. This is what Jacqueline Lipton writes in her paper Beyond Cybersquatting: Taking Domain Name Disputes Past Trademark Policy published on SSRN and in the Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2005.
I agree with Prof. Lipton, as I think we now need more "mature" rules to deal with domain name disputes. The UDRP rules were designed to fight against cybersquatting, at a period when it was urgent to have an efficient tool against abusive registrations. We still need to fight against cybersquatters, but we also need new standards to deal with, for example, disputes between legitimate owners.

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