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INTERNET NAME ADJUDICATION IDEA WINS FT SUPPORT

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The World Intellectual Property Organisation should adjudicate in disputes over Internet name registration, accordi...
The World Intellectual Property Organisation should adjudicate in disputes over Internet name registration, according to the Ad Hoc Committee of Internet Users.

Reported in a Financial Times' editorial (p25), the legal status of domain names on the Internet is unclear and companies are finding it difficult to protect their trade names. Some have to pay out to regain their trade name with the .com suffix when others beat them to registration.

New net names are needed to cater for the rapid growth of the medium, but too many suffixes could create confusion, the leader argues WIPO involvement 'would be a useful first step'.
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