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Re: Domain Name NASA.COM
From: "Matthew James Gering" <mgering () ricochet net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 1997 11:48:47 -0700


There must be somone at InterNIC who thinks like you do.

You miss the point entirely. Trademark space is not flat -- it has to be
trademarkable (not an generic term), it must be associated with a specific
industry, and it must be associated with a particular region (the
juridictal boundaries of the particular PTO).

For a trademark violation, you must show that it is being used in the same
industry in the same region, for damages you must prove that it was
intentionally done to misrepresent your organization, and you must prove
they profitted and/or you incurred a loss due to the misrepresentation.

All the terms you list below, with the possible exception of FCC, are not
even trademarkable. The idea that a US government organization could own
the english word "house" is absolutely ludicrous.

Associating your domain closely to that of another to gain misdirected
traffic is unethical, but has nothing to do with trademark.

        Matt



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From: Bob Izenberg <bei () austin aus sig net>
To: Larry Vaden <vaden () texoma net>
Cc: jamie () intuition iagnet net; nanog () merit edu
Subject: Re: Domain Name NASA.COM
Date: Saturday, July 12, 1997 8:52 AM

Larry Vaden wrote:

# www.nasa.com is reachable.

So what about these:

Computerized Horizons (FCC2-DOM)
   2490 Black Rock Tpke. #309
   Fairfield, CT 06430-2404
   Domain Name: FCC.COM

Congressional Communications (CONGRESS-DOM)
   361 Judd Farm Road
   Watertown, CT 06795
   Domain Name: CONGRESS.COM

Voice of the Senate (SENATE2-DOM)
   515 Watertown Ave., Suite 160
   Waterbury, CT 06708
   Domain Name: SENATE.COM

Foreign Service Review Inc. (HOUSE2-DOM)
   Route 1 Box 750-F
   Elgin, TX 78621
   Domain Name: HOUSE.COM

How about these next two?  Receiving a letter from the FTC would
be getting off easy.  :-)

Army Corner Cubes (ARMY-DOM)
   3405-B Triana Blvd. #1136
   Huntsville, AL 35805
   Domain Name: ARMY.COM

The CPS Group (AIRFORCE-DOM)
   P.O. Box 619200
   DFW Airport
   Dallas, TX 75261-9600
   USA
   Domain Name: AIRFORCE.COM

Bob



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