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    The Big Picture Self-Regulation Self Destructs?
    posted by Mueller on Monday October 13 2003, @09:12AM

    Citing "antitrust and unfair competition" law concerns, the unsponsored gTLD registries have chosen to opt out of Thursday's GNSO discussions on developing an ICANN policy for approval of new registry services.

    The text of the statement follows.

    Dear Paul,

    The unsponsored registry members of gTLD Registries Constituency (.biz, .com, .info, .name, .net, .org and .pro) are concerned that a process for the introduction of Registry Services involving a policy development process within the ICANN community may pose serious competition issues.

    Referral of new Registry Services through a PDP, or even community consultation, when some members of the community may be viewed as competitors with the gTLD Registries for certain Registry Services could potentially inhibit and interfere with the business of the gTLD Registries.

    We therefore formally request that any engagement of the policy development process involving procedures for the introduction of Registry Services, be halted until such time as the ICANN General Counsel provides a formal legal opinion the ramifications of such a process from an antitrust and unfair competition standpoint.

    In addition, we intend to engage our own individual counsels on these vital issues prior to engaging in this process with the ICANN staff and/or community.

    Jeffrey J. Neuman, Chair
    gTLD Registries Constituency

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    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Monday October 13 2003, @10:18AM (#12449)
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    As I've posted on my blog [ambler.net]...

    Now it seems that the unsponsored registries don't want any part of this, for competitive and antitrust reasons. So, let's see - there's almost universal opposition to SiteFinder and WLS, but because the registries are concerned that doing anything about it will put them in harm's way, they don't want to? What do they propose? That ICANN do it on their own? Isn't that the kind of regulation that they've always been against? Come on, guys, you can't have it both ways! If you want industry self-regulation, then self-regulate already!

    Ambler On The Net [ambler.net]

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    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Monday October 13 2003, @10:19PM (#12454)
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    I think this may have been well-advised. Cf. ICANN and Anti-trust [miami.edu].
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    • Re:Sensible by GeorgeK Tuesday October 14 2003, @08:57AM

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