Excerpt from Internet Domain Name Trademark Protection: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property of the Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session on Internet Domain Name Trademark Protection, November 5, 1997 The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 2226, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Howard Coble (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding. Present: Representatives Edward A. Pease and Barny Frank. Also present: Vince Garlock, majority counsel; Eunice Goldring, staff assistant; Robert Raben, minority counsel; and Stephanie Peters, minority counsel. Opening Statement of Chairman Coble Mr. Coble. Good morning. The subcommittee will come to order. As you all know, we like to start this train on time. I don't like to penalize people who have come here at the prescribed time, so we are going to get rolling. I don't like to put you all on a short leash, but we almost have to do it that way to meet time constraints. We have a very important hearing. I don't mean to imply this one is not important because it is; but we have another important hearing before the full Judiciary Committee this morning involving antitrust matters. And some others, I think, would like to go to that if we can wrap up here in an orderly fashion. We are delighted to have all of you witnesses with us. But if you all could confine your oral testimony to 5 minutes, we will be appreciative, and we will aid and assist you to that end by illuminating the red light. When the red illuminates, that is your signal that it is about time to wrap up. I assure you your written testimony will be examined thoroughly and deliberately after today's hearing. Today we are conducting an oversight hearing concerning Internet domain name trademark protection. As many of you know, a domain name is a familiar or a shorthand name used in place of a series of numbers to locate an address on the Internet. These domain names are frequently utilized by Internet users to search the World Wide Web and locate the address of a desired company when the actual Internet protocol address numbers are unknown to them. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.