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Globe and Mail: Domain name wars heat up

May 10, 2000, 03:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Geist)

"With domain name disputes ranking as one of cyberlaw's most contentious issues, concerned parties worldwide have been working toward an international solution that provides quick, cheap dispute resolution."

"The result is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) dispute resolution process. This five-month-old process has already attracted hundreds of cases, created an emerging global cyberlaw, and raised serious concerns about the fairness and consistency of the decision-making procedure."

"The ICANN rules entitle anyone, regardless of country of residence, to contest a top-level generic domain name registration, which includes dot-com, dot-net, and dot-org registrations. To move the process along speedily, once a claim is launched, the responding party has 20 days to file its side of the story, and the arbitrator -- either one or a panel of three -- has another two weeks to render a decision."

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