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    New gTLDs RegistryPro Launches the Infamous "Sunrise Period" for .PRO
    posted by michael on Monday May 05 2003, @04:15AM

    dmehus writes "RegistryPro, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Register.com, Inc. and the Registry Operator of the .PRO Top-Level Domain, announced that it has launched its version of the controversial "Sunrise Period" for defensive domain name registrations that allow trademark holders "to avoid costly legal challenges in the future," as the press release puts it. While all of the other new sponsored and unsponsored TLDs approved by ICANN in 2001 have launched, .PRO has been dragging its feet and only signed the agreement with ICANN in mid 2002. Official public registration and "live" launch date is set for July 2003."

    "From the looks of it, there are no checks and balances to ensure a lawyer is indeed a lawyer or an accountant is indeed an accountant because RegistryPro has registrants "self-certify" that they are members of the bar or certified accountants. I was the under impression that you had to actually file paperwork with RegistryPro in order to receive yourname.cpa.pro, yourname.law.pro, or yourname.med.pro. This does not appear to be the case. With that being said, is .PRO considered a sponsored TLD or unsponsored? And, with all the hype that .pro websites would provide a high degree of trust to consumers, where are the checks and balances?"

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    by Cassidy on Monday May 05 2003, @09:13AM (#11562)
    User #3757 Info
    Just to clarify, .pro domain name registrants will be required to provide self-certified information, including identity and professional license data that will be cross referenced against appropriate databases (including licensing or accreditation) before a domain name and associated digital certificate is issued by the registrar.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    You can register dotPRO domain names for free!
    by simon on Friday May 09 2003, @11:25AM (#11598)
    User #2982 Info | http://www.nic.pro/
    you can get .pro domain names for FREE

    http://www.nic.pro [xs2.net]
    http://www.law.pro [xs2.net]
    http://www.med.pro [xs2.net]
    http://www.cpa.pro [xs2.net]

    await a legal nightmare as a registrant of a .pro domain name from registrypro.
    second level domain names law.pro, med.pro and cpa.pro already used for years in the alternative roots. those names are protected because they were and they are in use.

    you may visit my personal site: http://steinle.law.pronic.PRO will be back online soon with FREE sub-domains. Dowload the FREE plug-in at
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re:red tape
    by GeorgeK on Tuesday May 06 2003, @12:48AM (#11570)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    I think .pro will also fail because it's only offering 3rd level domains, e.g. yourname.law.pro, not yourname.pro. With the high price, and requirement to purchase digital certificates, I expect this TLD to bomb.

    Expect massive price cuts and a revamp, once they see the volume isn't there.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re:The Faster I Go, The Behinder I Get ...
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Tuesday May 06 2003, @06:34AM (#11572)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Why shouldn't ENUM work with subdomains? There's no technical difference in DNS between a second-level, third-level, or other-level domain, only social, political, and human perception differences.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Encirca's price is $299/yr
    by GeorgeK on Tuesday May 06 2003, @11:07PM (#11581)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    http://www.encirca.biz/html/pro-registration.shtml [encirca.biz]

    That's why it'll fail, in addition to the long domain names and email addresses associated with the offering.
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