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    Be careful what you ask for
    by Mueller (muellerNO@SPAMsyr.edu) on Friday October 08 2004, @08:11PM (#14311)
    User #2901 Info | http://istweb.syr.edu/~mueller/
    Many of us criticize ICANN for overreaching and expanding beyond its mission. Most of the requirements it imposes on new TLD registries are unnecessary and needlessly restrictive. You seem to be asking it to become even more restrictive - a global Federal Trade Commission that scrutinizes every transaction. Is there any reason why ICANN should be doing this, given the fact that we aleady have a FTC, the antitrust division of the Justice Department, the FCC, etc.?
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    Can TLDs be Cloned ?
    by Anonymous on Friday October 08 2004, @09:13PM (#14312)
    Can TLDs be Cloned ?

    Can all of the existing customers in an existing
    TLD be invited (given first preference) to
    RE-register in new TLD servers that, for
    example, run different protocols or use different
    addressing, or which feature a SUB-SET of the
    names in a TLD as a feature. For example, there
    may be a market for the .ORG TLD with only the
    real non-profits visible, as opposed to all of
    the adult-content sites. Should the .ORG owners
    be encouraged to RE-register in another set of .ORG servers ? Would large corporations prefer
    to give their employees access to any of the .ORG domains in the screened .ORG servers ?
    Should the large corporations pay for that
    service or the .ORG owners ?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Can TLDs be SOLD ? Consider .TRAVEL
    by Anonymous on Saturday October 09 2004, @11:01AM (#14319)
    .TRAVEL is "owned" by all of the people and
    companies that own .TRAVEL names. If they
    become too visible then ICANN will attempt
    to regulate them and destroy them and replace
    them with warehouses of unused .TRAVEL names.

    Walled gardens will help to protect the .TRAVEL
    owners from the people who attend ICANN meetings.
    Those people may attempt to tell the world that .TRAVEL owners do not exist, but that is a lie.
    ICANN people do not care how much they lie. It
    is part of their culture. They are determined
    to brain-wash people into thinking only about
    what they produce. Look at the censorship at
    this site as one example.

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Not such a big deal
    by Anonymous on Saturday October 09 2004, @06:50PM (#14321)
    Hang on a second.

    The coop sTLD has _not_ been "sold."

    Coop is a "sponsored" TLD. It is still sponsored by the same entity, and that entity still has a contract with ICANN under which it undertakes to provide services to the cooperative community.

    That entity has to remain "representative" of the cooperative community in order to maintain its contract with ICANN on renewal, and if that entity wanted someone else to be the "sponsor" instead, it would have to get ICANN's approval. That entity, the "sponsor" develops policy for the sTLD and controls what kinds of services are offered in connection with coop. And is on the hook as the entity providing the services to the community.

    The sTLD has not been sold.

    The "sponsor" has its own agreement with another entity that provides certain outsourced services to the "sponsor."

    The source of those outsourced services has changed -- that's all. The sponsor is still on the hook for the quality of the services provided by that subcontractor, and still has to serve the cooperative community -- and still has the same contract with ICANN.

    The identity of a subcontractor has changed.

    Not a big policy moment for ICANN.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Network Solutions was sold once, to Verisign
    by Anonymous on Tuesday October 12 2004, @01:29AM (#14328)
    The registry for .com and .net (and in those days .org also) called Network Solutions was bought by Verisign back in the old days. Unfortunately, Verisign was allowed to continue to be the registry for those tlds after the takeover.
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