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    Re: It Could Work...
    by Anonymous on Monday December 02 2002, @08:35AM (#10361)
    Legal speculation occurs in real estate, rare coins and stamps, art works, stocks, bonds, commodities, and collectibles of every kind. If there's a market odds are there is going to be some degree of speculation. In the domain market, trademark owners are entitled to certain protections and prospective domain registrants should avoid trespassing on the rights of TM owners.
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    Re: It Could Work...
    by Anonymous on Monday December 02 2002, @10:21AM (#10364)
    In many ways, it is truly a $/P equation where $ = the relatively fixed amount of dollars being generated under the DNS status quo and P = the relatively fixed number of people profiting under the DNS status quo. Many would have you believe the "speculators" are those interested parties desiring to file for a gTLD (that P quickly calls a monopoly) under conditions considered as favorable. Conditions such as "no more than 3" and "sponsored-restricted" are not what is going to draw qualified parties to invest their time and resources (i.e. risk) in any sort of "cooperative" way. People that advocate conditions considered as "favorable to file" are advocating an increase in "P" where an increase in "$" will also be a likely outcome (often called energy, investment, innovation, etc). But, sort of like the forward pass, there are 3 possible outcomes here and 2 of them are "bad". One would be "P" increases and "$" does not. This a real worst-case scenario and gives the current "stakeholders" major heebeejeebees. A second would be "P" increases but "$" does not to the same ratio that exists now. A third would be "P" increases and "$" increases at the same or greater proportion that exists now. Though this would be considered by most a very positive outcome, the current dominant registry player can expect to take a hit as a result (and gives them the major heebeejeebees). So, the "consensus" is that the $/P equation is deemed "unstable" if the denominator is increased in any material way from the status quo. The "speculators" desiring favorable conditions to file are labeled as an unstable variable to this equation (as surmised, not suprisingly, by the existing band of $/P speculators). Next time you hear the top-down conclusion that new TLD's pose a stability risk, just think $/P and the party stating it - and vice versa too but not quite as blatant :) The big question to me is can the current $/P continue to hold? Registrars have beaten eachother to a pulp while throwing just about any precaution to the wind on their way to "$10 per domain". Certain registries seem to be struggling more than they expected to. Meanwhile, ICANN continues to dabble in regulating some practices but not others and is not sure where to apply the next artificial band-aid (but the task forces will let us know). So, given P is not real healthy right now in relation to $, one cannot expect them to be ordering more from the menu....as this would be a clear risk to stability of $/P - and we certainly can't allow that, now can we?

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