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    by Anonymous on Thursday February 15 2007, @11:21AM (#16914)
    I've just discovered what a load of bollocks the entire domain system is, and I hold ICANN entirely responsible for the power that registrars like ENOM can wield. Only a body set-up in a country as capitalistic as USA could come up with such a money-orientated, unfair system. If ICANN was European, you can bet we wouldn't have any of this crap.

    One of our domains was stolen and cyber-squatted a couple of years ago by a disgruntled IT technician at our business. We didn't give into his demands and he eventually lost interest and let the domain expire.

    ENOM grabbed it the moment it dropped, and now apparently I have to pay Afternic 70$ just to ask ENOM if they will accept a minimum of 200$ for it. If ENOM refuse the offer I still lose my 70$, bearing in mind that they got the domain virtually for free! Apparently this arrangement is nothing unusual amongst registrars.

    It wouldn't be so bad if they had thought of the domain themselves in the first place and got there before me, but it was ME who thought of the business name and idea! All ENOM knew was that someone had registered it before and might want it back, and it cost them virtually nothing to hijack it.

    The domain isn't of use to any one else; it's our unique business name (yes, I'm sure it is unique). These companies are just hijacking it to make huge profits. ICANN just lets them do it (even encourages it?), and there is no protection for the victim whatsoever unless you have at least 1000$ up your sleeve for the URDP. There are thousands (or hundreds of thousands?) of people in this situation.

    The entire development of this system disgusts me. I would rather change the name of our business than give in to terrorism like this. I know ICANN is supposed to be non-profit, but you can bet that its board are making themselves millionaires through the back door, because for such a system to develop it would take a huge amount of corruption (which is probably normal in USA? No wonder nothing is being done about it).

    I came to icannwatch to meet other people whose blood is boiling, but all I see is lukewarm responses about how 'icann is doing its best'. Anyone who believes that is truly a dope. Wake up and stop defending them. They need to be ousted, and let there be bloodshed if necessary. This responibility should never have been placed in the USA.

    NB: I'm posting as anonymous because I don't see myself coming back to this site.
    I'm going to find one where the participants are more angry.
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    by Anonymous on Thursday February 15 2007, @12:41PM (#16915)
    Me again.

    Actually, I just read several articles which indicate that ICANN is just a powerless 'front' for the American Commerce Department, and that the decision makers in the Commerce Department are heavily affiliated with the Bush administration.

    IMO, the Bush family are just multi-billionaires who have taken an interest in government (and therefore legislation) solely for the purpose of making themselves and their little circle of billionaire friends even richer and more powerful.

    This explains why this ICANN farce has continued unabated for so long.
    Just another finger in another pie for the Bush family.
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