Trademark Free Zone?

Today while typing in a domain name I was taken to a parked domain hosted by Network Solutions.

I was surprised to find a new type of disclaimer link at the bottom of the parked domain page called “Trademark Free Zone”.

Trademark Free Zone

Trademark Free Zone

More about the “Trademark Free Zone” from Network Solutions:

TRADEMARK FREE ZONE - Network Solutions has no knowledge of whether any content on this page violates any third party intellectual property rights. Network Solutions will promptly remove any content reasonably objected to by the Owner of a pre-existing trademark. If you have a Trademark issue, please contact trademarkfreezone@networksolutions.com.

I don’t recall seeing any other domain registrar other than SRS Renewals (a Network Solutions agent) placing an intellectual property disclaimer on their customer’s parked domains in an attempt to preemptively disavow any responsibility for trademark infringement by cybersquatters.

What caused Network Solutions to institute and launch their “Trademark Free Zone”?

Will GoDaddy.com the largest domain registrar soon include a similar domain squatter disclaimer on all their customer’s parked domains too?

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14 Responses to “Trademark Free Zone?”

  1. fuscoandjones Says:

    Recently I ran across this site:

    http://www.justinjones.us/

    and

    http://www.paulfusco.net

    Mr. Fusco, Mr. Jones,

    Please understand that by having this domain in a non-usage state for well over 7 years we feel that the domain has been used in bad faith. Domains are not issued by registrars in hopes that the domain names are never used.

    At the end of the day its an accurate statement to say that the domain name has not been used for seven years so far.

    We implore you to consider the consequences keeping the domain name and refusing to transfer it to us.

    We as a company do not have time for a protracted battle in court. We need to use our time for our customers.

    We are highly dedicated professionals who work for the U.S. Military.

    We respect you and your colleague Mr. Jones and only seek an amicable solution to this matter.

    Paul, If you transfer this domain name to us YOU will be directly impacting our ability to serve the U.S. Military Worldwide Mission AND yes, save lives. Its that serious.

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