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    Re:Failure of ICANN to write bulletproof contracts
    by GeorgeK on Thursday February 16 2006, @05:55PM (#16613)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    You have an unusual definition of a "gamer".

    There are tens of thousands of companies that own more than "a few dozen" domain names. That's not a crime. In a capitalist society, one can purchase as many as one can afford. I own far fewer than Proctor and Gamble, or Google, or Yahoo, I'm sure (I own fewer than 500, the biggest players own 10,000 or even 100,000+ domain names). Is it a crime for Donald Trump to own lots of real estate? Or a crime for Warren Buffett to own many companies? It's not a crime in a free economy to accumulate wealth and assets. It's called "business success", and it's obviously a concept that you're not familiar with, or are jealous of. Elect the Communist Party, and your dreams of a "Utopia" where domain holdings are rationed will be realized. Perhaps they'll give you first dibs on Envy.com.

    Participated in drop catching? How's that a "game"? I've picked up a lot fewer than most people, obviously. SnapNames and other services are used by many companies, big and small, to register deleted domains. I've purchased a lot more names from other domain registrants, though. Are you upset that perhaps someone turned down your offer to buy an elite name for $100, because you can't afford anymore? That's like walking into a car dealership and being upset they won't sell you a Mercedes Benz for $10,000.

    "Milk various PPC schemes"? Besides providing valuable eyeballs to willing advertisers, how a domain name owner uses their domains is none of your business, when the practice is legal and indeed practised by many mainstream businesses. If a landowner would rather use their land as a parking lot temporary, are they a "criminal", because it hasn't yet been developed into a skyscraper? Oh, I forgot, you don't like successful people.....if the site was turned into a skyscraper, you'd moan and groan too!

    Take a look at the WHOIS for contests.com (owned by Yahoo), and notice it's being parked on Pay-Per-Click. Is Yahoo "milking a PPC scheme"? Nope, they're as legitimate a company as any in the internet industry, a model company. NSI, GoDaddy, and lots of other companies park their clients' domains, too (although they don't split the cash with them). I'm sure one day, when *THEY* decide, without the input of the peanut gallery, to develop a site, they'll develop it on their own terms.

    In conclusion, based on your criteria, I'm as much as a "gamer" as Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, and Yahoo. Thanks for the compliments.

    Run along, little doggie. There's a Marxist-Leninist meeting that can't go on without you.

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