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    Lottery argument
    by Anonymous on Tuesday February 17 2004, @07:00PM (#12985)
    As I understand it, the lottery argument only applies to domains that aren't pending deletion or registered to the subscriber. If you exclude those categories, what you're left with is a bunch of people buying WLS subscriptions on domains that they don't own, and that might (or might not) be renewed.

    The fact that renewal is the decision of a specific person is irrelevant unless that person is the subscriber or the registrar, or under their control. I bet my friend that Ryan wouldn't marry Trista on The Bachelorette, after all, and look where that got me. The fact that we were betting on a decision made by a specific person doesn't mean it wasn't a bet (or that I didn't lose!). That's what a WLS subscriber is doing.

    IMHO, it would be fine to offer WLS subscriptions if they didn't charge people until the domain went into the deletion queue. Once it's in the deletion queue, you know it will actually be available. They could probably even charge the same amount -- base the fee on how long it had been since you subscribed. But if they charge you up front, for a subscription on a domain name that may or may not expire, they're charging you for a chance at something, not something itself. That looks like a lottery to me (or maybe bookmaking).
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