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DOMAIN NAME DISPUTE RESOLUTION POLICY
originally from http://www.netsol.com/rs/dispute-policy.html
(i) your domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a
Canadians take a leading role in domain name disputes
Citing our military role as international peacekeepers, a story in ComputerWorld Canada in May, 2000 noted a Montreal company, named eResolution, backed by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assignment Names and Numbers), is in a position to handle the full adversarial proceedings from initial complaint filing to the arbitration stage and transfer of evidence.
"eResolution plays the role of court clerk, registering complaints, handling evidence, transmitting case documents to the decision makers, and communicating any judgement to the applicable parties"
eResolution's press release
Some people are going to extraordinary lengths to legally and illegally obtain rights to certain domain names. There have been a number of stories of people registering domain names with false identification. A June 7th 2000 story written by Vito Pilieci in the The Financial Post told the situation of Internet.com finding that their domain had been stolen! Apparently someone had hacked into the Network Solutions computer and changed the files identifying the ownership of the domain "Internet.com".
- caused by squatting
"Cybersquatting is the purchase
of a domain name in bad faith. Usually this is done with the intention
of reselling that domain name back to the legal copyright holder,
although sometimes there are other reasons. This is considered
a violation of the trademark laws. An example of cybersquatting
would be if someone purchased the domain name "mcdonalds.ws" and then
proceeded to attempt to sell it back to McDonalds. It would also
be considered a violation of the law if the purchaser put up a web site
describing how bad McDonald's food was or commenting on the service. Cybersquatting
was made illegal by the passage of a federal law [in the U.S.] in 1999
known as the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. The law became
necessary because numerous large companies were forced to pay large
sums to buy their domain names from third parties. "
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