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    Tina Dam offers ICANN's response
    by dmehus on Monday May 19 2003, @12:31PM (#11686)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    Tina Dam, ICANN's Chief gTLD Registry Liaison, offered this response to NeuLevel's redirecting unregistered .biz domain names to LookSmart [looksmart.com].

    Dear Doug,
    Thank you for your attention in this matter.

    However, the wildcard redirection of BIZ names is a short-term test of the BIZ directory performed by NeuLevel, with no revenue involved. Hence there is no breach of the NeuLevel Agreement with ICANN.

    Kind regards,

    Tina Dam

    Chief gTLD Registry Liaison
    Phone: +1-310-301-5838
    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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    Re:Tina Dam offers ICANN's response
    by dmehus on Monday May 19 2003, @12:56PM (#11687)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    I asked how long the test would take, and Ms. Dam was kind enough to offer this follow up.

    Hello Doug,
    I expect that the test will be done within a few days.

    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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    Re:Tina Dam offers ICANN's response
    by Anonymous on Monday May 19 2003, @09:23PM (#11691)
    Gee, it's OK to play with the stability and accurracy of DNS when "no revenue" is involved? What kind of silly excuse is that? Jon Postel was put in fear of being criminally charged when he even suggested a very useful operational test for DNS. Yet here is Neulevel doing something more egregious and ICANN writes it off as being OK. There is much that stinks about this.
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    Re:Tina Dam offers ICANN's response
    by lextext on Monday May 19 2003, @09:25PM (#11692)
    User #6 Info | http://www.lextext.com
    Wait a minute though. I thought that the purported problem with Verisign's IDN solution was that it violated technical standards, not that it was a profit/no-profit issue.

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    Re:Tina Dam offers ICANN's response
    by KarlAuerbach on Monday May 19 2003, @09:33PM (#11693)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    Has anybody noticed the TTL's on the records that .biz is handing out - It is between six and seven days!

    I know of no sane network administrator who would run a test that puts bogus information out into DNS - let's call it what it is, intentional cache pollution - with timeouts that are nearly a week long.

    Whatever NewLevel is doing, they should have turned down the TTLS, got in, run their test, and got out so as to minimize the pollution.

    And they should have pre-announced the test to ISPs and others who are being affected. Such an announcement is more than a mere courtesy.
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    Re:Tina Dam offers ICANN's response
    by jberryhill on Monday May 19 2003, @11:29PM (#11694)
    User #3013 Info

    No revenue involved?

    Exqueeze me?

    As if Looksmart is not making a penny by offering their pay-per-placement search results.

    Uh, Earth to Tina Dam: Looksmart is a paid search engine. There is "revenue involved" every time your eyeballs are looking at a page of Looksmart search results.

    Either the folks at ICANN are unbelievably stupid, or they think we are.

    Glad the community consensus agreed on conducting this test. It would have been nice to tell the trademark attorneys that I am spamming with information about how all of their client's trademarks have been typosquatted in .biz and .us.

    I'm sure the folks at www.googgggle.biz are really happy to learn about this "test".
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