Virtual countries: Internet domain names and geographical terms

Rimmer, Matthew (2003) Virtual countries: Internet domain names and geographical terms. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy, 106, pp. 124-136.

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Abstract

This paper examines the dispute between the Seattle company Virtual Countries Inc. and the Republic of South Africa over the ownership of the domain name address southafrica.com. The first part of the paper deals with the pre-emptive litigation taken by Virtual Countries Inc. in a District Court of the United States. The second part considers the possible arbitration of the dispute under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Process of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and examines the wider implications of this dispute for the jurisdiction and the governance of ICANN. The final section of the paper evaluates the Final Report of the Second WIPO Internet Domain Name Process.

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ID Code: 86809
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Trade mark law, Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Group, city region and country names
ISSN: 2200-467x
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 University of Queensland
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2015 01:53
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 01:53

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