House revisits cybersquatter bill

WASHINGTON — The White House has “serious concerns” with a bill approved by the House this week that would make it easier for famous people to stop so-called cybersquatters from using their famous names to lure people to Web sites.

White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said the bill raises concerns because the Clinton administration thinks the issue should be handled by an international organization rather than unilateral U.S. action.

“We believe fundamentally we would be walking down the wrong road if we legislate a cybersquatting solution,” said Lockhart. He also expressed concern that the bill will result in “200 Internet countries” around the world making their own rules for domain names.

Instead, Lockhart suggested that an international body responsible for domain name administration should handle disputes.

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