Peter, if you're going to make a statement that .web would and will vastly outperform .biz and .info, could you please provide at least one fact or figure or even a semi-cogent chain of reasoning that would support your statement?|
As C. Ambler has recently posted here perhaps he can refresh my memory, but it seems to me that ICANN made it very clear prior to, and at, MdR2k that no applicant could hope to be successful who didn't have some sort of TM/IP protection like Sunrise in place, and I believe C. Ambler did state that they would do so. This could well have meant that IOD would have been beset by similar problems at startup (and perhaps not handled them any better).
I stand by my statement that there seems little want or need for more open undifferentiated TLDs. Sure there may be potential registries willing to gamble that they can make money but that alone is no reason to add TLDs. As the article clearly shows, most of the .info registrations are either cybersquatters, speculators, or defensive registrations. If .info disappeared tomorrow it would be little missed by almost everyone, the main, indeed, almost the only reason for it to exist is to make money for the registry, registrars, and hence an ever-growing ICANN. It is a protection racket along the lines of pay us a protection fee or someone will smash up your business. In this case it is pay us for your good name or we will sell it to someone else to besmirch it, and then we will charge you much more to get it back. I remain surprised that the IP folks are any more impressed with ICANN than the rest of us, they're the ones being shaken down.
Well, now there's less cybersquatters and speculators out there, and even the IP folks are grabbing a clue and defensively registering less names. I don't think .web would have been (or could be) much different than .info. The DNS was designed for other reasons than to be a cash cow, so it is no wonder that when it is primarily used for that purpose the wheels always fall off.
This isn't to be taken as a personal attack on C. Ambler, whom I respect and trust more than most in the ICANN milieu. I've always said that, given the unique history of IOD's web, they should be granfathered in, and still believe so. That shouldn't be taken to mean I think they'd be any more successful than (or vastly outperform, whatever that means) .info and .biz. -g