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UDRP reform plans criticised

Peter Ollier, Singapore

Most speakers at a session on Icann’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) yesterday argued strongly against revisiting the system for resolving clashes between domain name registrants and trade mark owners

Although the pro-reform stance of academic Konstantinos Komaitis was backed by some speakers from the floor, most of the panel argued that the UDRP was predictable, generally fair to both sides and should not be tampered with while new gTLDs are being introduced.

"We believe quite strongly as a non-profit that has administered over 20,000 cases that the UDRP is in pretty good shape overall," said David Roache-Turner, head of the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Section at WIPO.

"While any legal instrument can be improved, now is probably not the best time to be having an extended discussion about process," he added.

The Council of Icann's Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) is considering whether to initiate a policy development process (PDP) - a set of formal steps that guide the review, timing and approval of new policies - on the UDRP.

The issue is being pushed by the non-commercial users...

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