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  • From: Guillaume Parent <gparent AT>
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  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] .free TLD
  • Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:56:44 -0400

I don't see ICANN stopping their racketeering any time soon, but it's worth asking...

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM, Travis McCrea <me AT> wrote:
EFF would probably not be the ones to help us protect our "intellectual property", and I don't really like the idea of us trying to defend it anyway. Also since OpenNIC doesn't exist as an organization, it is simply a collaboration amongst individuals, I am not sure we would have much ground anyway.

What we need to do is reach out to ICANN and see if we can come to some form of agreement on accepting other TLDs which infringe on the OpenNIC namespace.

Guillaume Parent wrote:
> I know we're not the biggest project out there, but it's possible that
> the EFF might be interested in this if we hold some sort of mark on
> ".free". At least they'd be able to tell us if we have any chance of
> doing anything.
> On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM, mike <mike AT
> <mailto:mike AT>> wrote:
>     Hash: SHA1
>     On 04/22/2013 10:09 AM, Travis McCrea wrote:
>     >
>     > We have actually known about the .free thing for a while, though I
>     > am wondering if they are ever actually going to launch. The cool
>     > thing is that I messaged them and showed them my .free domain on
>     > OpenNIC and explained that I already had a brand on .free so if
>     > someone registered a on their domain name it could be viewed
>     > as a trademark infringement.
>     >
>     > They sent me an email back confirming that they would reserve
>     > on their TLD.
>     >
>     > I am not a big supporter of intellectual property enforcement, but
>     > it sounds like anyone who has an OpenNIC .free domain which they
>     > are actually using can apply to have the name reserved in their
>     > .free. I wonder if Julian can get
>     >
>     >
>     I wonder if there might be a means in the future to protect OpenNIC
>     TLDs by means of copyright, trademark, or some other means of
>     intellectual property protection? After all, just because ICANN is
>     bigger, if OpenNIC had the name first, should they not still have
>     first right to it? After all it's the same internet...
>     I don't think it's really that cut and dry from a legal stand point, I
>     think we could probably cobble together a little bit of a legal leg to
>     stand on if we put our heads together...
>     Anyway, just some initial thoughts on that....
>     - --Mike
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