From: Brady, Padraig (Padraig.Brady at domain compaq.com)
Date: Thu 10 Feb 2000 - 18:46:32 GMT
Just a quick question/rant.
I was wondering about the new rules applying
to registering "generic" domain names with
the IEDR (www.domainregistry.ie). First off
I know you can't register your surname (4.1.2)
nor a corporate name (4.2.2) etc. but wrt to
generic names they say:
"The IEDR has no objection, per se, to generic names but only those
which in its view would indicate that the name, if registered would
infer certain or exclusive rights appertaining to it."
"For example, "butterfly.ie" or "excitingfossils.ie" may be acceptable
in the view of the IEDR while "irishpubs.ie" or "cheaphomes.ie" are
likely to be too narrow & may infer a clear commercial cornering of
the commercial market to the general public."
I'm confused where's the distinction between butterfly.ie
and irishpubs.ie? It's not commercial as to me, inferring from
the names both would be non commercial. One has a list of
butterflys in Ireland, the other a list of pubs. I may be
wrong, but that's a matter of opinion and can the IEDR legally
say that my opinion is wrong and their's is correct?
Hmm, searching for the word legal.... Ah..
"It is intended that full legally approved Policies, as represented by the
table below, will be published shortly."
So they're not legally approved? Hmm..
And anyway who the hell was allowed to register ecommerce.ie?
According to the above noone should be allowed. You can't
find out either as:
"The IEDR has been advised that it must comply with the provisions of
the Data Protection Act 1988 and that the making available of information
regarding IE domain registrations by means of a WHOIS database could be in
breach of that Act as it may constitute an unauthorised disclosure of
Surely the EU would have a directive (they have on for the curvature
of bannanas for God's sake), that would overrule the above.
What's the situation in other EU countries?
What's the general concensus for having this type of control
by one small body over the whole ie namespace.
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