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    The Big Picture A Radical Plan
    posted by michael on Thursday April 25 2002, @09:35AM

    Paul Hoffman sent an email 'round the world saying, "I have written a new paper" on the subject of ICANN and the administration of the DNS root "and would sincerely appreciate any comments you have on it."

    I've got a comment: I'm not real wild about idea that the Internet Society (ISOC) should be tasked with the critical function of selecting ICANN's successor, the proposed "TLD Secretariat". From where I sit, ISOC is pretty responsible for the way ICANN is now - the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board are old ISOC-ers, and the ISOC/gTLD-MoU crowd has its fingerprints all over the place.

    So, while I like the general thrust of this paper, there's a lot of detail to haggle over.

    And I bet the ccTLDs would dispute the claim that they are inevitably identified with the goverments of the place they reside.

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    A radical return to monarchic forms of governance
    by circulation on Friday April 26 2002, @05:44AM (#6021)
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    So this is what it's come down to. Democracy is too expensive. Something along the lines of what ICANN has been (at times tacitly and often overtly) suggesting for quite a while now. Then, having reconciled ourselves to the notion that "Internet users don't need direct representation in the TLD naming process" we can merrily return to a monarchic form of governance for the DNS. I thought democracy was something we were supposed to work as hard as we could for, no matter how cumbersome or costly. Silly me.
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    Re: A Radical Plan
    by vasconcelos on Sunday April 28 2002, @05:16AM (#6065)
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    The reason why icann is entangled in domain name and trademark disputes is that the existing trademark legal system or legal systems don't work on the on-line environment. Much like the copyright.
    The colapse of a legal system is something that people tend to deny, specially when it is difficult to decide who should decide on the new one.
    Hence it would probably be a good idea to treat this subject under a distinct decision making process, from other icann issues
    Ana vasconcelos
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    Re: Not bad, except for point 5
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Thursday April 25 2002, @10:50AM (#5988)
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    What legitimate interests would be harmed by more TLDs? None. The only losers are:
    1. Incumbents. And protecting their oligopoly is not a legitimate goal
    2. Trademark owners who already have attractive SLDs. But,
      1. Part of the balance struck in trademark law, is that mark owners have to bear the cost of policing. There's no legal or moral reason to bend the namespace out of shape for this interest, real as it is.
      2. Mark holders who don't have a domain name matching their mark gain by new TLDs. There are a lot of companies called "delta" out there, and they all have an equal claim to an SLD in that name.
      3. Non-mark holders wishing to make other legitimate uses of the character string also gain.
      4. Cybersquatting will be constrained by the existence of the UDRP, plus the fact that at some point (i'd think around the 25th or so), there's just no point in cybersquatting any more. Supply will begin to equilibrate with demand. Prices will drop, hoarding won't make sense, we'll all be better off.
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    Re: Clear the queue
    by RFassett on Thursday April 25 2002, @06:43PM (#6006)
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    this will never fly. Makes way too much sense and involves a sense of fairness to boot. Besides, we have to wait for the 5 year process where the NTEPPTF formally announces that 7 new TLD's were added to the root and the Internet did not break. Of course, this does assume that the .pro TLD is added within the next 5 years.
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