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    Re: Republican Senators Express Concern Over Renew
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday August 03 2002, @05:54AM (#8343)
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    Yes, very good points Ray. I wasn't so naive as to expect industry self regulation to happen anytime soon. As I said, there hasn't been much progress to date. The less ethically challenged registrars could push for it, some of them are some of the bigger players, and bad actors hurt the whole industry. But as the by far biggest player is one of the worst offenders, spontaneous self-regulation ain't gonna happen anytime soon. I was only pointing it out as one model of regulation one sometimes sees in other industries that sometimes works well, and sometimes badly. Even if it were to happen here eventually, it could well be the latter.

    In the meantime, and perhaps even then, there needs to be some other regulator in place, and right now there isn't. Due to the global nature of the industry this is difficult for governments and/or courts to regulate in any meaningful, consistent way. Given that ICANN is the brainchild of the USG, they could take a leadership role here to regulate ICANN itself to in turn keep its registrars in line, regardless of their jurisdiction. And given that ICANN is US-based, US courts (and depending on the circumstances, some rulings in other jurisdictions) could do likewise if the proper suits are filed, and won. The Smiley .biz lottery case is one example of court regulation. Neither of those are a perfect solution, and the latter at least would probably take quite some time to deal with all that is wrong, but I can't think of any others. Therefore our only hope seems to be that the USG take a leadership role (right now ICANN just gives them a series of black eyes in view of the world) and get ICANN to clean up its act, both by disaccrediting the worst actors (which could itself trigger court actions with definitive rulings being some time away), and by, as you say, removing artificial scarcity. The latter in and of itself wouldn't remove all the bad actors, but it would considerably lessen the acts they are presently engaged in, and many others that are no doubt waiting in the wings. -g

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