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    ,md re-uses old hype
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Tuesday March 02 2004, @07:00AM (#13051)
    User #2810 Info
    New press release here [businesswire.com]

    Old press release here [prnewswire.com]

    Max.md [www.max.md] claims (in what must be one of the lamest attempts at a website) There's a new address in healthcare. Except it's been marketed that way for years.

    Maxmd will charge $200 during sunrise, but the registrar of IANA record [iana.org] is register.md [register.md] where prices start at $59.

    Maxmd is going to have a sunrise period but this [www.nic.md] states:


    Principles and modality of registration

    3.1 The registration is made in accordance with the principle “ the first to come, is the first to be served”.

    Of course confusion is nothing new to .md [iana.org]. This [doc.gov] states:
    37. The U.S. company DotMD is no longer managing the MD top level domain after Moldova’s Republican Center of Information terminated June 27 the DotMD license agreement over the U.S. company’s failure to live up to its commitments. The deal with DotMD was disputed by the Moldovan Parliament and some companies, which saw the domain as a national symbol. In June, a law came into effect declaring the MD domain state property and banning its sale or rent.
    I guess that law's been repealed. The total number of registrants as of 2002 was 4200 [centr.org], that was after some of the 'best' names were dropped [findarticles.com], no doubt partly because some registrants were surprised to find that renewal fees for 'good' names ran into the thousands of dollars, and that was well after dotmd declared bankruptcy [emailxtreme.com]. Dotmd was also behind the dotlaw TLD application [icann.org] back in 2000, when they stated:
    By the end of 2001, dotMD expects to have over 55,000 registered .md domain names, generating revenue of close to $35 million per year
    I guess that didn't happen either. Frank Weyer alleged corruption [dotmd.com] [.pdf] on the part of Moldova. Not to worry though, he has a license [prweb.com] to print money. You couldn't make this stuff up. -g
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