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To address some of the misinformation that has appeared online, the matter between Dr. Paul and the domain name holders of involves a private arbitration proceeding, not a UN proceeding.

This action is a private international arbitration action filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP"), which was developed and implemented by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN"). ICANN is a non-profit, private organization organized under California law. ICANN has agreements with registrars that issue and maintain domain names to coordinate the stable functioning of the Internet's system of domain names and addresses. One of the main functions of ICANN is to provide a system of dispute resolution to protect the intellectual property rights an individual or business may have in a domain name. The registrars that issue domain names agree to abide by the bylaws of ICANN and the UDRP and follow this procedure.

Under the UDRP, most types of trademark-based domain-name disputes must be resolved by agreement, court action, or arbitration before a registrar will cancel, suspend, or transfer a domain name. Disputes alleged to arise from abusive registrations of domain names (for example, cybersquatting) may be addressed by expedited administrative proceedings that the holder of trademark rights initiates by filing a complaint with an approved dispute-resolution service provider.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is serving here merely as an approved dispute resolution service provider in this private arbitration. The use of WIPO was necessitated because the current domain name owners used an Australian registrar to acquire the domain name. The current domain name holders subjected themselves to this proceeding in this forum when they registered with an Australian registrar