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Japan firms urged not to yield to domain-name squatters.

TOKYO, Nov. 15 Kyodo

The Posts and Telecommunications Ministry plans to urge Japanese companies to go to an independent dispute-settlement body if they find their names being auctioned on the Internet by domain-name squatters, ministry officials said Wednesday.

The ministry hopes companies will not yield to demands by the squatters to buy their domain names at a high price but instead ask the dispute-settlement body to help suspend the use of such domain names, the officials said.

The ministry has already asked the Telecom Services Association of Japan and the Japan Internet Providers Association to make sure their member firms seek solutions through a dispute-settlement mechanism.

The squatters register the Japanese-language names with the Internet's oversight body without the consent of the firms or celebrities concerned.

They have scrambled to register the domain names with the oversight body as it started authorizing the use of non-English characters such as Japanese, Korean and Chinese for domain names last Friday.

Some of the names, such as Kokusai Securities Co., were being offered for as much as 100 million yen at Internet auction sites recently.
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Comment:Japan firms urged not to yield to domain-name squatters.(Government Activity)
Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Nov 20, 2000
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