Domain Name Protection in Hong Kong: Flaws and Proposals for Reform

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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Grace Chan

University of Iowa - Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

In Hong Kong, domain name disputes are governed by a policy that is heavily influenced by that of the US-based Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (`ICANN`), which is designed to protect interests of some trademark owners at the expense of some domain name registrants. The root cause of Hong Kong`s adherence to US Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy lies in the physical architecture of the domain name system itself, which is US-controlled. Hong Kong may improve protection for domain name registrants by amending the Hong Kong Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy to make it more registrant-friendly than it currently is. In the longer run, however, Hong Kong`s ultimate power to decide on its own domain name dispute policy may involve moving away from the superior authority of the A root. A concurrent and less drastic step to improve the situation would be to clarify the ability of domain name registrants to register their domain names under trademark law.

Keywords: Organic composition, Rate of profit, Prices of production

Suggested Citation

Chan, Grace, Domain Name Protection in Hong Kong: Flaws and Proposals for Reform ( 2005). International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Vol. 13, Issue 2, pp. 206-242, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=915212

Grace Chan (Contact Author)

University of Iowa - Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science ( email )

Iowa City, IA 52242-1409
United States

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