[gnso-rpm-wg] 99%+ reduction in sunrise utilization rate per TLD supports EFF call for elimination of sunrise

George Kirikos icann at leap.com
Fri Aug 11 21:59:49 UTC 2017

Hi Cyntia

On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 5:48 PM, Cyntia King <cking at modernip.com> wrote:
> TM owners do get a place at the front of the line - because the’ve paid for it.

There's no legal right to be "at the front of the line" because
they've "paid for it". Others would equally be willing to simply pay,
if the contention is only decided by money (i.e. auctions), as long as
everyone is on the level playing field.

> And those people “at the back of the bus” are not being excluded from anything.  Any one of them can go to the front of the line if they also spend the time, money & effort to register their own TM.

That's not how problems of "discrimination" is solved. The "solution"
isn't to "get a TM, because that's what takes you to the front of the
line" -- that's how we got the gamed sunrises for "THE", "HOTEL",
"HOTELS", and so on. The solution is to stop discrimination entirely
(eliminating the sunrise).

It's like suggesting to a non-white person, "you can go to the front
of the bus" (in the segregated 1950s America) "by changing the colour
of your skin!" The right solution isn't to perpetuate discrimination,
but to end it.


George Kirikos

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