[At-Large] R: IGO names: is this worth war?
John R. Levine
johnl at iecc.com
Sat Nov 5 05:05:01 UTC 2016
> For that purpose they need not come to ICANN for protection; they already
> have the tools they need - digital certificates from the established
> certificate authorities around the world.
This is an impressively disingenuous argument. I have a couple of dozen
certificates on my web and mail servers, and they say no more than that
the entity proffering the certificate is the same one that passed a
trivial test to see that it controlled a domain name or web server.
If I registered WORLD-HEALTH-ORGANIZATION.ORG (it's available) it would
take about two minutes to get a 100% valid Let's Encrypt TLS certificate
with a 100% valid certificate chain. But it wouldn't mean I was the WHO.
Barry is wrong, IGO names are not trademarks because they're not used to
identify goods or services used in commerce. But I think they do merit
protection similar to that provided to trademarks. As others have noted,
it's not surprising that the IGOs and their government sponsors are not
eager for a rerun of the same process that blew them off last time. So
since what they want is at worst harmless to the at-large users, just give
it to them.
John Levine, johnl at iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
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