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Rights protection mechanisms in new gTLDs: The multi-stakeholder governance model at work’


Forrest, HA, Rights protection mechanisms in new gTLDs: The multi-stakeholder governance model at work', Telecommunications Journal of Australia, 63, (3) pp. 1-13. ISSN 0040-2486 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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In June 2008, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) embarked upon an ambitious program of expansion at the top-level of the DNS. The policy underpinning expansion is notable for its adoption of new mechanisms that target the unauthorised use in new gTLDs of names the subject of legal – in particular trademark – rights. These mechanisms are the product of several years of policy development and implementation; they are proof of the functioning of ICANN’s unique multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance. Yet even as new top-level domains near the launch phase, questions remain as to the scope and mechanics of rights protection offered by agreed-upon mechanisms. A ‘strawman solution’ emerged at the end of 2012 to address these questions. This article examines the ‘strawman solution’, the rights protection mechanisms it seeks to clarify, and the ICANN organisational structure and operational processes into which it does not perfectly fit.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Private law and civil obligations
Research Field:Intellectual property law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Forrest, HA (Associate Professor Heather Forrest)
ID Code:100925
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2015-06-03
Last Modified:2015-09-17

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