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Assessing the Katie.com Controversy
posted by scubacuda on Thursday August 19, @07:44PM
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Domain Names namester writes "Rod Dixon examines the recent Katie.com issue in this CircleID article: "Undoubtedly, there are still those who regard technologies like the Internet as inherently dangerous. This follows, in part, from a failure to discard impertinent conceptions of technology. To find a way out of archaic approaches to technology that has been borrowed from another age is a daunting task for some. Yet, trivial links between sexual conduct and technology, particularly with regard to the Internet, undermine the innovatory openness highly valued by Internet users and supported by Internet technologies.

Similarly, legal rules governing property rights in domain names have largely resisted reformulation when directed toward freedom of expression or non-trademark-oriented uses. Hence, Katie Jones not only was without a low cost forum to assert her own rights, but could have been forced to defend a domain name she had lawfully acquired. Some commercial interests have demonstrated an implacable and ferocious appetite for domain names held in non-commercial use by individual domain name holders. In addressing her own circumstance as a domain name holder, Katie Jones indicated that the situation she faced was: like having your home address made into a book title, and then everyone shows up at your doorstep looking for the main characterÂ…Domain name owners have just as much at stake as regular property owners.'""

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