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Class 07




How should domain names properly be allocated? Who should decide how domain names are properly allocated?


  1. Jessica Litman, The DNS Wars and the Internet Domain Name System, 4 J. Small & Emerging Bus. L. 149 (2000)

  2. Planned Parenthood Federation v. Bucci, 42 U.S.P.Q.2d 1430 (S.D.N.Y. 1997)

  3. Panavision Int'l v. Toeppen, 141 F.3d 1316 (9th Cir. 1998)

  4. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. Doughney, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 19028 (4th Cir. 2001)

  5. Diageo plc v. John Zuccarini, WIPO Case No. D2000-0996.

  6. Beth Lipton Kriegel, Archie Comics Fights Parent for Domain, CNET

  7. Explore ICANN and ICANN Proposal for New Domains. Also check out ICANN Watch.

  8. David G. Post, Governing Cyberspace: "Where is James Madison when we need him?" (June 6, 1999).


  1. Those of you who haven't taken Trademark Law may wish to check out this Overview of Trademark Law

  2. Some sample sites

    1. Network Solutions (try finding a good .com name for a ski equipment company)
    2. Choice Names (example of a domain name broker)
    3. Compare and
    4. See and (so-called "sucks" sites)

  3. Dan Burk, Trademarks Along the Infobahn, 1 Rich. J.L. & Tech. 1 (1995)

  4. Memorandum of Understanding Between the U.S. Department of Commerce and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Nov. 1998)

  5. Internet governance organizations

    1. The Internet Society (ISOC)
    2. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF
    3. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
    4. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

  6. Jonathan Weinberg, ICANN and the Problem of Legitimacy, 50 Duke L. J. 187 (2000)


What do you think about the way in which domain names are currently allocated (both initially and in disputes)? If you could make any changes to the existing system, what changes, if any, would you make, and why?

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