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NYC LOCAL: Monday 13 July 2009 ICANN Meeting on Proposed Englobulation o
NYC LOCAL: Monday 13 July 2009 ICANN Meeting on Proposed Englobulation of Domain Names
9 Jul 2009 11:49:52 -0400
On Monday 13 July 2009 ICANN will meet in the Hudson Theatre of
the Millennium Hotel at 145 West 45th Street on the Island of the
The Hudson Theatre is a serious theatre:
and ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers,
have use of this theatre all day Monday 13 July 2009.
ICANN has called this meeting in order to be able to claim that
ICANN has consulted with the public on a proposed New World Order
of Domain Names. Under the new order, if you or I or PETA or the
Green Party, or the Ranters and Gun Owners Association, or
NYLUG-SOCIAL, were to apply for a domain name, first a new arm of
ICANN, an arm chartered to act in the interests of some hundred
large world wide corporations, would have to vet your proposed
new domain name. If this new agency of ICANN disapproves your
name, then you would have to, right off the bat, pay $20,000 in
American money, to hire a lawyer to fight ICANN. ICANN would run
a new trans-national para-legal court in which the case would be
heard. The court would formally be a creature of the hundred
Of course, the Englobulators have made sure that no public notice
of this event has been made. Have you seen notice on Slashdot?
In the New York Times? No. But well paid lobbyists and
spokesmodels for the Englobulators have been hired to attend this
meeting. They will come in force, and they will be armed with
slides, and sheaves of paper, on which will be written their best
arguments for you giving up your right to the domain name of your
What can we do to stop this extraordinary attempt to subvert
traditional trademark law? We can show up at the Hudson Theatre
on Monday and ask why these hundred companies are formally
created a special class within the New World Order of Domain Names.
Please register to attend this supposedly public ICANN meeting.
The registration deadline is tomorrow 10 July 2009:
Please read the Report of the Englobulators on a New World Order
of Domain Names, called the IRT Final Report on Trademark
(See pages 15 and 16 in the pdf of the report for a presentation
of the special status to be accorded the Hundred Corporations.
The Hundred Corporations are those named in the "Globally
Protected Marks List".)
Here is further information:
ICANN Announcement on Events:
Public Comment on Final IRT Report:
Public Comment on Draft IRT Report:
Here are three collocations of arguments against the New Domain
IP Justice Comments:
EFF Australia Comments:
Comments from Kathy Kleiman:
Below my signature are two notices about this meeting, one by
Seth Johnson, and one by Kathy Kleiman, of the Noncommercial
Kathy alerted Seth and me to this meeting. Kathy is point in the
fight against this large attempt on the traditional system of
trademark and on our ancient right of free naming on the Net.
Please write to Kathy Kleiman if you would like to meet with her
and other partisans on Sunday 12 July 2009 in New York City, or
early on Monday 13 July 2009:
We hope you will come to the Hudson Theatre on Monday 13 July
2009 and help defeat the Englobulators.
Jay Sulzberger <address@hidden>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
what="notice by Seth Johnson"
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Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 08:07:51 -0400
From: Seth Johnson <address@hidden>
Organization: Real Measures
To: address@hidden, address@hidden
Subject: NY FC Fighters Needed -- Stand Against Trademark Abuse at ICANN
Hi folks, this is you. We *need to get to this hearing, the New York
phase of a rapid series of meetings around the world by ICANN. Please
see the blurb below. You MUST REGISTER by TOMORROW. It's at the
Millennium Hotel this Monday.
(Others in other cities, get ready)
This is the rollout for the new Global Top Level Domains. It's the
supposed public input phase. But it's also about putting in place a
massive, global change in trademark policy.
Get this -- the group that put this plan together (the "Implementation
Recommendation Team" or IRT) has already closed shop before initiating
these meetings -- so what's the point?
Domain names don't match up with trademark law -- DNS is about giving
symbols one universal address. Language is not. You don't trademark
"Apple" -- you reserve the use of that trademark to market a
particular kind of goods or service. Thus we have Apple Computers and
The Beatles' Apple music company. Or Sun Oil in Canada, a completely
separate company from Sun Oil in America -- and certainly not the same
as the Sun computing company. There's also fair use -- and of course
The MPAA and International Trademark have had a hand in ICANN
from its inception, when they required the Uniform Dispute
Resolution Policy. Now, along with rolling out new global Top
Level Domains, trademark owners are ramming through a new process
that goes well beyond that. They are pulling out the stops to
get ICANN to implement what will in practical terms amount to a
huge revision in the nature of trademark, backed by strong
practical action. Along with a new "Uniform Rapid Suspension
System" to shut down sites quickly, they are establishing ICANN
as playing the role of policing trademarks -- which by law is the
trademark holders' responsibility.
The thing to remember is that while domain names and trademarks
might be hard to get a hold of politically, this sets a huge
precedent that will change trademark beyond that area. So we
call them on their process.
(Among other things, this will mean no more Yes Men. :-) )
Kathy Kleiman of the ICANN "Noncommercial Users Constituency"
will be able to brief you more fully. She can also explain what
went down in the previous discussions, where they've essentially
ignored all the substantive points she presented. It's up to us
to come in in numbers and say we got their number.
See below blurb from Kathy.
what="notice by Kathy Kleiman"
ICANN Public Consultation: Should New Top Level Domains Include Broad
New Trademark Protections?
On Mon, July 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN) will hold a public consultation at the Hudson
Theatre, Millennium Hotel, 145 West 44th Street, to discuss the
"rules of the road" for new generic top level domains (gTLDs), future
competitors to .COM, .ORG and .NET.
A group of trademark attorneys, representing large brand owners, in
May wrote a report calling on ICANN to create broad new trademark
protections before opening up new gTLDs.
A. IP Clearinghouse: a massive database of registered and
unregistered trademark rights created by ICANN (IRT
Report, pp. 12-16
B. Globally Protected Marks List: a list of global marks
created and maintained by ICANN (IRT Report, pp. 16-
C. Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS): A ultra-fast
takedown service with little notice or time to respond
by domain name registrants (IRT, pp. 25-37)
These proposals have been criticized as outside the mission and scope
of ICANN, a technical body, and outside the protections and limits
of trademark law. ICANN's Noncommercial Users Constituency writes "We
fear the impact of the IRT Proposals on free speech and fair use
online. Trademark owners don't own strings of letters, they have a
trademark for specific goods and services. Basic words like APPLE,
TIDE, SUN and TIME belong to all of us. Many important domain names
will be lost, or worse, blocked before they can be registered."
Approval of the IRT Report is being rushed through ICANN with minimal
opportunity to comment. It is vital that ICANN hear comment as soon
as possible, and Monday is an opportunity to speak.
ICANN's Noncommercial Users Constituency will be hosting a
breakfast at the Millennium Hotel on Monday morning. Please
contact NCUC Co-Founder Kathy Kleiman,
for more details.
Registration to speak on 7/13 at this link (deadline 7/10):
IP Justice Comments:
EFF Australia Comments:
Noncommercial Users Constituency Website with comments:
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