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    Re: .US Registry Deleting Domain Names Retroactive
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Thursday August 15 2002, @03:28AM (#8488)
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    Bret Fausett pointed me to this ICANN Blog item and this .us policy, which I admit I'd forgotten about. I have some doubts about the legality of this policy, although the fact that its been laundered through a contractor (the usual US-domain-name-policy strategy) makes a lawsuit that much more complex and uncertain. Indeed, if there's no evidence that the policy was encouraged either overtly or covertly by the government (and I wasn't paying any attention to this issue, so I have no idea what the facts are), then the NSI precedent suggests that a court would not find this to be illegal.

    My meta-view remains the same old boring song: none of this would matter if there were a constant stream of new TLDs with varying policies. In that world, we'd appreciate having a few TLDs with restrictive policies, even (perish the thought) a few with *web content restrictions* they would police. If there were a multiplicity of competitive open and closed domains, this just wouldn't be an issue.

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    Re: .US Registry Deleting Domain Names Retroactive
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Thursday August 15 2002, @07:29AM (#8501)
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    It seems likely the policy was encouraged by the government, from the link given above to .us policy, it states in part:
    We regret this late notice, but this policy has been developed in direct consultation with the U.S. Department of Commerce in a very short timeframe.
    While it was short notice, registrants were (or reasonably should have been) aware that they could subsequently lose their domain names. I do think this is even wonkier and less fair than NetSol's former practice of pre-screening out all such strings. -g
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    Re: Public Confusion About TLDs Won't Solve Anyth
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Thursday August 15 2002, @05:42AM (#8495)
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    I would not release many "within a short period of time". I'd set up a clear and predictable schedule for new ones coming on stream. Say, one a month for the foreseeable future. People would quickly be trained to expect new TLDs. More importantly the speculative value would drop to near zero, cutting cybersquatting.

    I think it's likely that some registry somewhere will fail someday. That's why good data escrow is one of the ICANN rules I support, and why I'm so puzzled it hasn't been put into practice. It seems almost certain to me that were a registry to go under, its client base would be an asset that other registries would want to buy, so the odds are good that clients would not be harmed at all.

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