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    Re: Afilias and Neulevel runs a Protection Racket
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday August 11 2001, @05:16PM (#1786)
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    And, I should have said...of course the IP lobby is to blame. This is the 'I have the protection of a lawyer' part of the protection racket.
    Ohhh, look out Mr. Stringbeansforsalecheap.com, someone has registered stringbeansforsalecheap.net and that will entirely tarnish your image, dilute your brand, and cause you to sell five beans online next year instead of the six that we prognosticate you would otherwise have managed. Give us $10,000 and we'll make it right for you, registering your name across the gTLD/ccTLD/altRoot board, filing a UDRP claim against that .net wannabe, sending out boilerplate letters to any sLD containing the string 'bean' (SOTTO VOCE: no, not the stringbean, the string 'bean', you moron), joining the IP constituency of ICANN and lobbying for the death penalty for anyone attempting a WHOIS lookup which contains the letter 's', and getting you back to those six beans we foretold you might earn in these heady days of dotcommercialism.
    To which the harried realworld businessperson replies:
    Oh dear, I've heard about that internet and all its intendant virus problems and everything. Please mommy, cut a check for this gentleman so that we can sleep soundly in our beds tonight.
    Cynical? Moi? Well anyway, long before the IP interests glommed onto this racket, Network Solutions had this bright idea to undifferentiate the namespace, they were just too busy cashing checks to check whether someone fit in .com or .net or .org or elsewhere. And that leads us to .info having to walk through every single application by hand. Ya, blame the IP folks but they were unfashionably late to the party. It was NSI's way to make a quick buck that munged up the namespace long before these IP lawyers clued their clients into the fact that there was this internet thing out there waiting to bite them in the ass. I admit to being baffled how any corp, big or small, could continue to accept the word of lawfirms that entirely missed the internet, understood it not a whit, were years late in understanding what just about every publication from Readers Digest to Leather Lads Quarterly had already done cover feature articles on, and yet accept that if you give them still more money all will be right with the world. Cynical? Moi? Oui. -g
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