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    by KarlAuerbach on Sunday March 13 2005, @04:57PM (#14674)
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    It is rather pretentious to call today's collection of registries and registrars, and any third tier providers, an "industry".

    Rather, because it is essentially a business sector that is closed to those who do not wish to submit their product offerings, prices, and customer lists to ICANN and obtain ICANN's blessing, it is far more accurate to call the whole thing, ICANN and the businesses, a combination in restraint of trade.

    This system because it has a built in registry price floor and because it denies entry to many who wish to participate in this marketplace is costing consumers hundreds of millions of dollars per year in excessive fees and an additional amount in hidden costs (due to things like the UDRP kangaroo court system and an ethical structure that makes used car salesman look squeeky clean by comparision.)
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    Re:The net-net on net
    by watchdog on Wednesday March 16 2005, @05:23PM (#14683)
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    This should be on the agenda in Seattle. Also, Afilias has still not sorted out the many locked .info domains from the Sunrise fiasco - almost 4 years later and they still have not unlocked all of the legitimate trademarked ones (I'm suprised the owners have not got together and launched a class action lawsuit already) and the fake ones are still in limbo and should be released for the public.

    Due to this gross incompetence, .info should be taken away from Afilias and given to some other company/organization before the contract with ICANN expires next year (there is provision in the contract ICANN signed with Afilias to do this). To think Afilas even has the nerve to bid for.net!

    I won't be in Seattle for the conference but this should be a major rallying point to effect change and reform at ICANN.
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