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    Re:You forgot that each record has a TTL
    by ldg on Tuesday January 06 2004, @10:32AM (#12823)
    User #2935 Info | http://example.com/
    Actually, you're probably right on target. Since .BIZ was supposed to be "the" competitor for .'com' it's not really surprising. If the registry had limited the number of registrations any one registrant could obtain, it may have been somewhat mitigated, but spammers will do their evil no matter what domains are available to them. OTOH, if registries were to enforce clauses that do not allow spamming, domains could be deactivated once it is proven that they are, indeed, used for that purpose. Also, most agreements include clauses regarding illegal uses of domains. Now that the US has a federal law regarding spam, that could be enforced.

    The problem I see with enforcement is the 'proof' that the domain holder is responsible for spamming. I've never seen a definition in any agreement that describes 'spam' so it would be a legal battle every time the registry attempted to enforce those clauses.

    Catch 22?
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    Re:You forgot that each record has a TTL by ldg
    Re:You forgot that each record has a TTL
    by dmehus on Tuesday January 06 2004, @09:42PM (#12824)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    This might sound a bit socialist, but what about setting up ICANN as a federal regulatory body, similar to that of the FCC, instead of a not for profit "public benefit" corporation? We need some kind of regulatory body that can't be sued or fought every time they try (or one of the registries that they are responsible for) and enforce a (useful) provision in an agreement. Perhaps passing legislation that mandates ICANN a sort of "veto power," similar to that of the U.S. DoC, and exempts them from any lawsuits that may arise from any use of that veto power? Of course, any vetoes ICANN makes would be reviewed quarterly by the U.S. DoC (which it could overturn with its own veto [a veto of a veto? ;)] and people could make complaints to an ICANN Public Complaints Commission.

    I believe in the judicial system, but I also believe in the power and usefulness of regulation when necessary. And, I don't think that something as unscrupulous as spam should subject ICANN (or its registries) to lawsuits.

    You're quite right though, something has to be done and registries should do more to stop spam at that level. :)


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