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    Very interesting
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Tuesday July 08 2003, @10:22PM (#11905)
    User #3240 Info | http://www.icannwatch.org/
    I am not very surprised. What I find very interesting is that the few applicants in the first 'round' of selections who specifically declined to have a sunrise provision were immediately dismissed.

    The .WEB application by IO Design, if I recall, correctly _predicted_ these problems in advance, as part of their rejection of sunrise.

    At every turn, ICANN's decisions, and the decisions and behaviours of the 'winners' are proven to be mistakes. When will ICANN remedy this by allowing more honest and ethical competition, I wonder?

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    Gross Distortions Here
    by Anonymous on Wednesday July 09 2003, @04:45AM (#11906)
    You have significant inaccuracies in your story with regard to Mr. Palage. Mr Palage was not affiliated in any way with any TLD proposing company during his tenure as Chair of Working group "B". The working group "b" report was presented in April of 2000 and the RFP for new TLD's was not even issued until late in the Summer of 2000.. Mr Palage was, at the time he was chairing the working group, a principal in a registrar company. Misrepresentations like the one made in this story are incredibly irresponsible. Its sad that the editors of icannwatch aren't a bit more careful in allowing gross misstatements like this to appear.
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    Adding To That ...
    by Anonymous on Wednesday July 09 2003, @06:21AM (#11907)
    True, .info is saturated with defensive registrations by trademark holders, most of which will be held dormant, providing no new content. It's sad, and obviously hurts .info's recognition. Equally true is the fact that domain speculators have legitimately registered hoards of .info's, warehousing them until inflated offers come pouring in. These warehoused names are also mostly dormant, providing no new content. This also hurts .info's recognition. The trademark holders will always hold on to their defensive registrations, and will only brand under the .info TLD if and when .info is ever widely used. Speculators will hold on to their registrations until .info is widely used, making the warehoused names more valuable. ICANN's ponderous policies have created TLDs which aren't being used, and provide only microscopic amounts of new content. ICANN said it wanted a new gTLD to compete with .com. Instead, it engineered a new gTLD with stunted growth, and almose ZERO public awareness. This is an abysmal failure, and ICANN ought to recognize that fact.
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    Here's The Kicker
    by Anonymous on Wednesday July 09 2003, @06:24AM (#11908)
    What do you expect? ICANN owns ICANN.INFO, but doesn't use it! The URL www.icann.info resolves nowhere! It's not even forwarded to ICANN.com or ICANN.org! ICANN doesn't use .info, why should anyone else?
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    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday July 09 2003, @03:28PM (#11911)
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    The article claims that:
    It has been authoritatively estimated that some 0.000269% of domain name registrations result from attempted cybersquatting
    and provides a link to an ICANN forum post by Dr. Mueller. In fact that is not at all what was claimed, the linked to quote actually states:
    Currently, trademark-disputed registrations are filed at a rate approximately 0.000269 of monthly domain name registrations.
    which is an entirely different thing. Further, I don't know that Dr. Mueller is claiming to be an authoritative source on this, and if he is, there are other sources I consider more authoritative who put cybersquatting rates much higher.

    This article does seem to show quite clearly that there is no great demand (and apparently little need) for new relatively open and undifferentiated gTLDs. -g

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