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    New gTLDs ICANN Evaluation Report on New gTLDs Published
    posted by Mueller on Thursday September 02 2004, @03:30AM

    ICANN has published its Comprehensive Evaluation of the Introduction of new gTLDs. The report, by consultant Miriam Sapiro, focuses on seven questions: the effectiveness of intellectual property protections, compliance with registration restrictions, competition, the reasonableness of the legal framework, and regulatory issues.

    The report results provide ammunition to those who criticized ICANN for deferring too much to trademark interests in its rollout of new TLDs, and those who believe that ICANN took an over-regulatory approach to new TLD introductions.

    On IPR protetion, the report notes that "the lack of any screening or verification in the .info Sunrise period led to serious abuses," and notes that if defensive registration measures were adopted in an unrestricted TLD it "would not be consistent with attracting new users and uses to the DNS." Finally the report advances, among other policy options, the heretical idea that future TLD rollouts might "rel[y] on UDRP alone, as simpler and appropriate given that trademark registrations may constitute only 2 - 3% of all registrations."

    The report's conclusions about competition are noteworthy: "Examining market share, extent of actual choice and price elasticity suggests that impact [of new TLDs] has been minimal. Other evidence, however, indicates that TLD expansion has attracted about 20% new registrants and led to new uses among 40 – 60% of registrants. The most significant contribution has been the development of facilities-based competition. As a result, new providers of registry services have been able to compete effectively with the incumbent registry, VeriSign, on that basis. Innovation has played a supporting role, and may become increasingly important as the three largest registries work to distinguish themselves from one another."

    The report also concludes (surprise!) that the registry contracts imposed on new TLDs "reflect a level of detail that may not be necessary for future TLDs" and calls them "cumbersome."

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    Report Vindicates .Web
    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Thursday September 02 2004, @08:51AM (#14099)
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    You will pardon me, I hope, if I note that just about all of the items in the report that diverge from the way things were done do so in a way almost identical to our initial proposal for .Web.

    The UDRP-as-method issue, for example, was one of our main points. ICANN created a system, we planned to use it.

    This report seems to validate just about every point we made in our application - points that ICANN used to decline to approve .Web, but which are now proving to be true.

    After almost 10 years, perhaps it's time for ICANN to allow the pioneers to give it a go?

    Ambler On The Net [ambler.net]

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