The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) was the latest international body to debate the Internet domain name registration issue, at a meeting in Geneva this week.
Guidelines are expected to be finalised before the end of the year, though the final decision on how to open up the system of registering Net addresses lies between the US government's National Science Foundation, and the Internet Policy Oversight Committee (IPOC), a body made up of Internet service providers, academics and Net experts. WIPO is a member of IPOC.
So far WIPO seems to be pushing for a more liberal approach to domain registration to make it easier for companies to settle name ownership disputes without resorting to lawyers or large sums of money.
Initial proposals called for an easily accessible dispute settlement procedure. These will now be debated in New York by the full IPOC committee today and tomorrow.
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