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A Critique of WIPO's RFC3


A. Michael Froomkin


University of Miami - School of Law

1999


Abstract:     
The World Intellectual Property Organization’s plan to restructure the way Internet domain names in .com, .net, and .org are assigned and adjudicated is deeply flawed. The WIPO plan’s flaws include: bias, enabling censorship, zero privacy, intimidation, a tilting of the playing field, and a smorgasbord approach to law.

This paper proposes an alternative, fairer, reform plan. The key elements of the plan are: Reduce speculative registration: Require advance payment before registration; Penalize false contract details: De-register domains with fake contact information; Create special rules to penalize mass speculation; Trust courts to continue to clarify relevant law; Understand that rapid changes in technology may make domain names less important; Create differentiated commercial and non-commercial top-level domains.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 58

Keywords: WIPO, Internet law, Internet governance, domain names, DNS, international law


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Date posted: January 16, 2016 ; Last revised: January 20, 2016

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Froomkin, A. Michael, A Critique of WIPO's RFC3 (1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2715738 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2715738

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University of Miami - School of Law ( email )
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Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
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