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Domain Name Rights Coalition Opposes WIPO's Jurisdiction

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Domain Name Rights Coalition Opposes WIPO's Jurisdiction

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The Domain Name Rights Coalition (DNRC), headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, has called upon the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to drop its assertions of jurisdiction over all disputes between domain name owners and trademark holders and to restrict its proposed arbitration rules to disputes between large intellectual property owners, according to an announcement released by DNRC. Without the consent or even debate of its member countries, WIPO seeks to make its Arbitration Center, which offers "arbitration and mediation services for the resolution of commercial disputes between private parties involving intellectual property," the center of disputes for large trademark owners seeking to revoke the domain names obtained by small businesses, entrepreneurs, community organizations, and individuals for a variety of communication purposes.

"WIPO has overstepped its UN mandate and is not taking the small businesses and the non-commercial interest of the Internet into consideration," said Mikki Barry, board member of the DNRC. "They are chartered to cater solely to the interest of large owners of intellectual property-interests often in direct opposition to the larger goals of the free flow of information that the Internet was created for. …

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