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    Re:erformance Anxiety
    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Thursday July 10 2003, @02:02PM (#11921)
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    Well, let me answer you, since I was the one doing the talking - though if I miss something, I'm sure someone else will point it out :-)

    ICANN's assertion that no applicant could be successful without IP protection seems to me to have been a statement that without IP protection, ICANN wouldn't approve that applicant (not that they wouldn't be successful in business). That is, at best, opinion, and at worst, ICANN throwing down yet another hoop to jump through.

    With that said, however, we had no sunrise provision. What we did have was a very clear statement that we'd abide by the UDRP, and that we'd give trademark holders a period during which we wouldn't allow any new registrations in .Web, and would freeze the database so that they could inspect it and file UDRP challenges on existing names.

    We also proposed to offer current registrants, who may have registered a name before the whole IP issue came up, the opportunity to exchange any name for any other available name. In other words, an opportunity for a .Web domain holder to divest themself of the name if they felt that it infringed upon a trademark, and not have to just abandon their registration fee.

    Between the two, we felt that this addressed the issue without having to resort to a sunrise that could be full of problems, as it turned out sunrises were.

    It is to note that we met with the IP folk at the time, and they gave us their endorsement. You remember that endorsement / no endorsement paper that they circulated at the time?

    Now, as far as whether .Web will do well in today's market, well, I would say that I'd be the one to be worrying about that (along with the rest of the IOD partners). It's a business risk for us. But it's not a stability risk, nor any other kind of risk for ICANN or the Internet as a whole. If we fail, we fail. We surely can't do any worse than some other TLDs that have been introduced.

    Isn't that what introducing competition for .Com is supposed to be about?


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