Re: FYI: trademark names in URLs, URNs, and email

Craig A Summerhill (
Tue, 14 May 1996 12:00:32 -0400 (EDT)

From: Craig A Summerhill <>
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Subject: Re: FYI: trademark names in URLs, URNs, and email
Date: Tue, 14 May 1996 12:00:32 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 14 May 96, Masataka Ohta <> wrote:
> > 
> > A bill that is rapidly making its way through the California 
> > Legislature would impose fines and legal fees on Internet users whose 
> > USER-ID, domain name or email address happens to be a registered 
> > trade name or trademark.
> Seemingly, now is the time to move IANA outside of California
> or USA.
> What can the California Legislature do agaist it?
> 							Masataka Ohta

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as all that.  Traditionally, the 
California legislature serves as a good litmus test for national laws
in the United States.  Nearly all legislation which is passed in the 
California legislature is ultimately introduced in the United States 
Congress in the same or similar format shortly thereafter.  In fact,
there is already *similar* legislation in committee in the U.S. Senate
at this time.

   Craig A. Summerhill, Systems Coordinator and Program Officer
   Coalition for Networked Information
   21 Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C.   20036
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