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    Re: Spinning ccTLDs for marketing purposes
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Wednesday March 27 2002, @05:50AM (#5577)
    User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
    Personally, I fail to see the problem. Why can't a ccTLD do what it likes? I'd rather it gave free domain names to locals, but isn't that a local decision?
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    Re: Spinning ccTLDs for marketing purposes
    by Anonymous on Wednesday March 27 2002, @05:54AM (#5578)
    Sure, they can do as they like. But the marketing ploys used by many ccTLDs, to make them appear as if they are gTLDs, is a clear indication that we need more gTLDs!

    Instead, we have ICANN, artifically keeping the market scarce, so their inside players can benefit. And from the information learned as a result of the sale of Liberty from Tucows to Afilias, they're not benefiting very much.

    How much do you think Afilias would benefit if there were 20 new TLDs launched? Do you seriously think ICANN hasn't considered this point?

    Don't expect any new gTLDs. Ever.

    Hence the ccTLD marketing.
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    Ooh! Ooh! I got one!
    by Undecided on Wednesday March 27 2002, @12:20PM (#5596)
    User #3285 Info
    Here's one for the old school geeks in the audience:

    I'm gonna market Dominica's ccTLD to Dungeons & Dragons referees.

    That's right, ".DM stands for Dungeon Master"!

    I'll make a fortune! At least 10 or 20 bucks! Take that, Neulevel! You're not the only one getting rich off the infomercial superhighway!

    (The sad part is that I just checked http://www.domains.dm/, and found out that .dm now stands for "digital marketplace". Um, sure. Right. Whatever.)
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    Re: Spinning ccTLDs for marketing purposes
    by Anonymous on Thursday March 28 2002, @05:29AM (#5611)
    Check the press release, its from dot (SR), Inc., the company managing the .sr ccTLD.

    To me it looks like eNIC (who seem to be doing whatever they want without much oversight from Verisign senior management, e.g. the pathetic ebay auctions) signed a deal with dot (SR) to register domains and dot (SR) decided to shout it from the rooftops as a press release to try to get themselves noticed.

    Also interesting to see that 90% of the corporate domains they boast of on the .sr homepage are NetNames clients who signed up years ago to have their name registered by NetNames in all available ccTLDs.

    And talking of .ky, I used to work for NetNames and remember a couple of customers who were very persistant in trying to order jelly.ky.
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    What's up with .yu?
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday March 29 2002, @08:40AM (#5637)
    User #2810 Info
    March 14, 2002 CNN:

    Representatives of Yugoslavia and its republics of Serbia and Montenegro have agreed to a new structure and name for the Balkan nation. [...] The country will be called Serbia and Montenegro if the agreement is ratified by the Serbian, Montenegrin and federal Yugoslav parliaments.

    So what will become of .yu? According to analysts, it failed to repurpose itself in time to catch the wave of speculation mania, and is now scrambling to catch up. Additionally, while there were a very few desirable names which could have been sold for a great deal of money, it wasn't seen as having long term potential. According to anonymous sources close to the European Union/ICANN negotiations, one stumbling block has been that the EU considers .yu to be confusingly similar to .eu in an auditory sense and that the namespace wasn't big enough for both of them.

    With the resignation, flight, and eventual capture of .yu's CEO, pundits were agreed that a rebranding strategy was necessary. Early talk on the street was that .sm would position them strategically to take advantage of the only revenue generator that still showed a positive cashflow online, pr0n sites.

    However, the subsequent announcement that the Republic of San Marino was claiming prior IP rights to that space has the Balkan nation scrambling to come up with an alternative. An unidentified Bolivian government source is quoted as saying:

    They can have ours. We don't need no stinkin' .BO.

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