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    by Anonymous on Thursday August 29 2002, @12:16PM (#8763)
    Dotster of course runs an expired domain auction service, which becomes useless with the WLS. Which reminds me that I've wondered for some time why Verisign did not suggest/demand an auction service at the registrY level. That would put speculators largely out of business. Not that the prices would be lower, but they would end up in one big pocket, in stead of lots of small ones.
    Perhaps they could even start the bidding on all domains now? Also it would be unreasonable that, once this is implemented, the price that in the WLA (Waiting List Auction) is put on a domain, is of no influence on the annual renewal fee for present domain name licensees. If you happen to have a domain that is now at $50,000.00 in the WLA, Verisign might charge you, say 20%, $10,000.00 a year in stead of the present day's $6.00.
    Maybe an idea for the new ORG? ISOC could use the money.
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    Re: Dotster to challenge ICANN over WLS
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 29 2002, @01:47PM (#8766)
    Actually, the scoop was here three days ago:

    http://www.computerwire.info/cgnews/5BF73EEF902C037A88256C1F00012FD0
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    Re: Dotster to challenge ICANN over WLS
    by RFassett on Friday August 30 2002, @04:35AM (#8785)
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    "Should our appeal to ICANN be rejected, we are fully prepared to exercise other legal remedies to stop the implementation of the WLS."

    To me, this is an interesting "If-Then" relationship. One of the reasons cited by the anti-WLS group favoring ICANN involvement in the actual implementation decision (by consensus or whatever) was that leaving such a decision purely to a court of law (i.e. ICANN makes no decision on the basis it is outside its scope) would take so long that by the time a final decision was reached with the court method, Verisign would have effectively placed its competitors out of the market place (personally, I found this an odd argument given the swiftness of the Smiley injunction).

    Now the question becomes, what would take longer, an ICANN reconsideration request or legal action? I suppose if the reconsideration decision has not been made by the WLS launch date, then the legal recourse would kick in? But, the Dotser announcement does not quite state such a "deadline" for reconsideration...certainly ICANN is not one to approach its work where establishing deadlines is considered an effective approach to its ability to make progress in its duties (unless one takes the approach that a non-decision IS indeed a decision). It would have been nice to see a deadline stated explicitedly here as part of Dotster's "If-Then" anouncement.
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