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    VRSN should be forced to repay SiteFinder revenues
    by GeorgeK on Friday October 03 2003, @05:31AM (#12358)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/

    While this letter by ICANN is a step in the right direction (it should have been sent on Day 1, or better yet, pre-emptively, as many of us had warned BEFORE SiteFinder went live), it does not go far enough. As per point (d) of the Stop Verisign DNS Abuse [whois.sc] petition, ICANN should insist that all audited GROSS revenues of SiteFinder (this would include Overture's share, Paxfire's share, VeriSign's share and anyone else participating in the revenue of the system) be returned to ICANN, via a payment to the GNSO in the name of the Non-Commercial Constituency. VeriSign and its partners should not be allowed to profit from their reckless behaviour.

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    Good Move by ICANN
    by svincent on Friday October 03 2003, @06:01AM (#12360)
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    I am glad to see that ICANN has taken action against Verisign’s blatant disregard and lack of respect for the Internet community in relation to the Sitefinder introduction. It is refreshing to see ICANN move quickly and take a stand that is right, has some backbone, and is against Verisign. It helps belie my worry that ICANN, Verisign and the Department of Commerce are in bed with each other on all of the issues at the expense of everyone else. My only concern is that ICANN will throw Verisign the WLS “bone” in exchange for ceasing Sitefinder. ICANN needs to keep in mind that WLS, just as Sitefinder, places services at the Registry level where Verisign has monopoly control, removing competition at the registrar level and reducing consumer choice to the huge financial benefit of Verisign.

    I hope ICANN is successful with this. If not it will become an ineffective and worthless body. Good luck, ICANN.

    Steve Vincent, President

    CAS-Holdings, Inc.
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      Re:Good Move by ICANN
      by dmehus on Friday October 03 2003, @09:42AM (#12367)
      User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
      Hi Steve:

      CAS Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Dotster, Mydomain.com, Namesdirect.com, and NameZero, correct? Also, is their a website for CAS Holdings? I've always found it difficult to find information on this company, press releases, or company contract information.

      Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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        Re:Good Move by ICANN
        by svincent on Friday October 03 2003, @09:55AM (#12370)
        User #3868 Info
        Doug, the core of our business is not Internet related, rather it is environmental. Yes, we are the parent of Dotster, et al. There really is not website for CAS-Holdings. Our laboratory website is www.caslab.com. Corporate headquarters are in Kelso, WA. Hope this is helpful.

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    So... WWVD?
    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Friday October 03 2003, @07:04AM (#12361)
    User #36 Info | http://onthenet.ambler.net/
    We've been waiting for just such a happening, haven't we?

    My prediction: Verisign will refuse.

    Analysis: http://onthenet.ambler.net


    Ambler On The Net [ambler.net]

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    The release of ICANN 3.0
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Friday October 03 2003, @10:10AM (#12372)
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    VeriSign and ICANN have had a symbiotic mutual support system since the beginning, to the detriment of most other life form. With ICANN's new three year extension the shark is no longer in need of a sucker fish riding on it. ICANN with NO brakes on may not turn out to be a Very Good Thing. -g
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    Re:I Agree
    by dmehus on Friday October 03 2003, @09:37AM (#12366)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    These are good comments, Steve. I would suggest you submit them to both ICANN's public comment forum and the At-Large Advisory Committee's.

    They will then be publicly posted and "on the record."

    ICANN Public Comment Forum [mailto]

    ALAC Forum [mailto]

    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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