phishing measures that bill as
currently written contains overly broad language that
could be used to target honest domain owners as
well as those who mis-use domain names to perpetrate
fraud. It is just this kind of legislation that we have
been warning about for over a year now.
There are parties searching
for a way to change laws so they can more easily
take domain assets they have no right to away from their
current owners. The easiest way to do that is to get
language favoring their agenda slipped into an otherwise
well-intentioned bill like this that would normally sail
through the legislative process with little scrutiny.
The dangerous language gets inserted in such a bill
through lobbying efforts by people who want to remove
current barriers that keep them from grabbing domains
they are not entitled to. Combating this sort of legislative
sleight of hand is exactly why the Internet Commerce
Association was formed and why we think it is critical
for domain owners to support the organization. Your very
livelihood could be at stake in the legal battles over
your assets that are just now getting underway.
Feb. 28, 2008)