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March 14, 2008 Post

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Compiled by Ron Jackson (Editor/Publisher)


The uproar over the Snowe bill (S 2661) in the domain community has led to widespread demands that language in the propose legislation that could harm domain owners be removed. 

However many are coming to believe that if the real goal is to go after phishing (rather than slip through a wholesale change in trademark law) then the bill should be completely scrapped. Yesterday Internet Commerce Association Executive Director Michael 

Collins posted an item at the domain industry trade association's website - InternetCommerce.org - that detailed why it would be much better to start from scratch. If a 

Michael Collins
ICA Executive Director

bad bill that is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing becomes law, there won't be a chance to get truly effective anti-phishing legislation enacted for years to come. We've all see how ineffective the U.S. government's Can Spam Act has been in stopping spam. We should try to do better in combating phishing. 

As Collins wrote in his post "this is an ineffective anti-phishing bill and an overreaching trademark bill. Letís work together to stop this bad trademark bill and then help Congress to do some really effective work on phishing. I invite CADNA to come clean and join us in asking Congress for a real anti-phishing bill. Phishing is harmful to their members too and we should work together to stop phishing, not be fighting over new rights for trademark owners who already have UDRP and ACPA on their side."
(Posted March 14, 2008)  

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