Wipo ruling could wipe out domain names

Guess it's time-up for all those dodgy whitehouse sites ;)

World Intellectual Property Organisation under fire over proposed changes to Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy

A well-meaning proposal from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo) could threaten the existence of many domain names and websites, a domain registrar has warned.

Wipo wants to expand what is known as the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to include country names and government organisations.

If the proposal becomes policy, anyone who owns a domain name that includes a country name or acronym of a government organisation could be forced to drop the domain name.

For example, a company's ownership of a domain could be challenged by a government agency in another country which has the same initials.

News source: vnunet.com

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