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

Masataka Ohta (
Wed, 15 May 96 10:05:41 JST

From: Masataka Ohta <>
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Subject: Re: FYI: trademark names in URLs, URNs, and email
To: (Craig A Summerhill)
Date: Wed, 15 May 96 10:05:41 JST
In-Reply-To: <>; from "Craig A Summerhill" at May 14, 96 12:00 pm

> > > 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.

I still can't understand what is the problem.

People and legislatures in US have all the right to have any strange
local rules, unless (or, sometimes, even if) it contradicts with very
basic human rights.

So, just move IANA outside of USA.

Of course, US local people still have all the right to act against
local rules. But, please do it US local, not in IETF.

							Masataka Ohta