Convergence and Incongruence: Trademark Law and ICANN's Introduction of New Generic Top-Level Domains


Christine Haight Farley


VOL. XXV • Symposium Issue • NO. 4 (table of contents)

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25 John Marshall J. of Comp. & Info. Law 625


The author demonstrates how problematic the convergences between Internet technology, the demands of a burgeoning e-market, and trademark laws have created a myriad of issues in international governance of domain names. While the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) has been tasked with resolving some of the most problematic information ownership issues in e-commerce, she demonstrates that current changes in domain name registries ignore the real world problems posed by these convergences.

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Christine Haight Farley is a professor of law and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at American University Washington College of law. She teaches courses in intellectual property law, trademark law, and visual arts law. She has a J.D. from SUNY Buffalo School of Law, and LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from SUNY Binghamton. I want to thank Doris Estelle Long for organizing this conference and inviting me to participate. I am indebted to the research assistance of Lena Saltos and Paul Butler. Please send any comments to

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