Federal Communications Law Journal

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51 Federal Communications Law Journal 403 (1999)


As the Internet continues to expand into the top global medium for commerce, education, and communication, individuals and businesses are racing to claim their own unique Internet address or domain name. Unlike the three-dimensional world, where many entities may share the same name, on the Internet each domain name must be unique. As a result of this uniqueness requirement, a variety of disputes and trademark issues have arisen as individuals and entities compete for lucrative domain names on the Internet market. These disputes have led to the submission of two proposals for the overhaul of the current domain name system. This Note analyzes both the Internet Ad Hoc Committee’s and the United States’ proposals, and recommends additional provisions that should be implemented in order to have a successful global domain name system for the future.