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    Alternate Roots Another Alternative Root TLD .USA slated to bilk the Unskilled Masses
    posted by michael on Wednesday November 07 2001, @11:58AM

    Anonymous writes "Here's an interesting money making scheme...
    There is a company marketing the alternative root .usa top level domain, which works with only a 'slight modification to the browser' (according to the www.dotusa.com FAQ).

    Let's all set one up... ;)"

    The whois information indicates that this immensely patriotic attempt is being operated out of the UK.

    [The quoted statement above is all I could find on the site about how this TLD is supposed to work. The failure to make a fuller disclosure as to how this TLD will (and especially will not!) resolve compares poorly with the actions of more ethical alternate root operators, and strikes me as a fairly serious potential problem under the consumer law of many countries. So too does the fairly transparent attempt to cause confusion with the .us domain. Although I'm not a UK lawyer, I wonder what the UK Office of Fair Trading would have to say about it all?-mf]

    $ whois dotusa.com
    Whois Server Version 1.3
    Domain names in the .com, .net, and .org domains can now be registered
    with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
    for detailed information.
       Domain Name: DOTUSA.COM
       Registrar: DOTSTER, INC.
       Whois Server: whois.dotster.com
       Referral URL: http://http://www.dotster.com/help/whois
       Name Server: NS1.UNNIHOSTING.COM
       Name Server: NS2.UNNIHOSTING.COM
       Updated Date: 02-nov-2001
    >>> Last update of whois database: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 05:14:10 EST <<< 
    The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .ORG, .EDU domains and
     The data contained in Dotster, Inc.'s WHOIS database, while
    believed by the company to be reliable, is provided "as is",
    with no guarantee or warranties regarding its accuracy.  This
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    Any use of this data for any other purpose, including, but not
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    solicitations, is expressly forbidden without the prior written
    permission of Dotster, Inc. By submitting an inquiry, you agree
    to these terms of usage and limitations of warranty.
    Please limit your queries to 10 per minute and one connection.
       Quantum Management Limited
       843 Finchley Road
       London, England NW11 8NA
       Registrar: Dotster (http://www.dotster.com)
       Domain Name: DOTUSA.COM
          Created on: 05-MAR-99
          Expires on: 05-MAR-02
          Last Updated on: 13-SEP-01
       Administrative Contact:
          Management, Quantum  simonfuller2@aol.com
          Quantum Management
          843 Finchley Road
          London, NW11  8NA
          0208 938 3113
          0208 938 3113
       Technical Contact:
          Management, Quantum  simonfuller2@aol.com
          Quantum Management Ltd
          843 Finchley Road
          London, NW11  8NA
          0208 938 3113
          0208 938 3113
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    Re: Another Alternative Root TLD .USA slated to bi
    by Muhhk on Friday November 09 2001, @01:43AM (#3477)
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    Yes, and what happens if I register muhhk.usa with you (assuming this to be a commercial advert) and someone else registers muhhk.usa with DotUSA.com?

    This is my *Big Problem* with the alternative registrars: that there is insufficient coordination to ensure that SLD's within given TLD's are *not* duplicated (no technical reason why multiple registrars cannot coordinate registrations with a given TLD). This is an absolutely bonkers situation. Think of the chaos if different telephone companies sold the same phone number to different companies or individuals, or if parcel couriers recognised the same address as different places.

    ICANN should be the place where this coordination happens. But it's not, for, I suspect, commercial reasons.

    PS. All these domains prices seem very high for essentially a handful of lines in a text file. I have seen .co.uk 3LD domains advertised for £8.50 for two years, which is a quite reasonable price.
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