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    Re: .US Registry Deleting Domain Names Retroactive
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Thursday August 15 2002, @03:28AM (#8488)
    User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
    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 lextext on Thursday August 15 2002, @04:21AM (#8492)
    User #6 Info | http://www.lextext.com
    "...this policy has been developed in direct consultation with the U.S. Department of Commerce..."

    -- Bret

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    Re: .US Registry Deleting Domain Names Retroactive
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Thursday August 15 2002, @11:00AM (#8513)
    User #3240 Info | http://www.icannwatch.org/
    Move out of your house and find another one, fool.

    ++Peter
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    Re: Stop your whining
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday August 15 2002, @11:45AM (#8515)
    User #2810 Info
    My reading of the policy is that registrants of such deleted names will have their money refunded. And, I do think it is the consumer's job (particularily in the US) to talk to Commerce. -g
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    Re: Stop your whining
    by unsolicited (unsolicited@audomainnews.info) on Thursday August 15 2002, @09:50PM (#8527)
    User #3378 Info | www.audomainnews.info
    That's ICANN's job? This is a country code that does not have a contract with ICANN. ICANN has no role currently in the administration of .us.
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    Re: .US Registry Deleting Domain Names Retroactive
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Friday August 16 2002, @06:00AM (#8547)
    User #3240 Info | http://www.icannwatch.org/
    If sour grapes means pointing out an argument that is rediculous on its face, then sour grapes it is.

    Those who say there is no demand are merely trying to maintain the artificial scarcity that props up the value of their speculated domains, or their registries. I suspect that quite a few anonymous posters, like yourself, work for Afilias or Neulevel or Verisign.

    If there is no demand, then new registries will go out of business. The market takes care of itself. In no other market are such protections enacted.

    ++Peter
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    Re: .US Registry Deleting Domain Names Retroactive
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday August 21 2002, @04:00AM (#8622)
    User #2810 Info
    Hey Jay, where you been hiding since domain policy went away? Always enjoyed your views even if I sometimes disagreed. -g
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