Despite recent progress in the area of domain name dispute resolution, moves to create additional registries, and the formation of new naming organizations, disputes and conflicts over domain names and trademark law are still occurring.
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Judge approves domain name penalty on eReferee
The likelihood of domain name disputes has not decreased in the past several years, and Gartner predicts it will get worse before it gets better--because of increased awareness of the value of domain names, new registries and, now, the greater understanding that the resolution process is not the endgame.
Putting high-level arbitration bodies and dispute resolution policies in place was an important and worthwhile activity for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to undertake. However, it remains clear that the decisions by these bodies ultimately are not legally binding and that traditional legal recourse can still be pursued. That does not disrupt ICANN's foundation, since ICANN never was the undisputed ultimate authority.
The federal judge's reversal of ICANN's earlier decision brings this issue more into focus. The bottom line is that the messy reality of domain names persists.
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