The comparison is quite apt. Prior to the last Olympics there were persistent reports on afternic.com message boards of failed attempts to register names containing the string olympic. Some registrations were successful, some registrants were told that name is unavailable even though it was unregistered, and other registrations were at first successful, and the registrants were later told sorry, we made a mistake, that name is unavailable, even though it apparently remained unregistered. Some may recall that the IOC went to extraordinary lengths to go after those posting news of events who had not paid the IOC dearly for the privilege, and to keep cameras out of their venues down under, worried that digital images might get online without the IOC making a percentage. Controlling the namespace seems to have been part of this push.|
Although the proposal to have a Famous Marks list was turned down as unworkable, it seems Veri$ign went ahead with it, for the IOC at least there was (is?) an undocumented, unsanctioned, selective sunrise. Like attracts like. Those two supranational, monopolistic, corrupt, control freak bodies were bound to meet, it must have been love at first site.
Regarding me.uk, while it apparently hasn't destabilized or unsecured the internet, it has the usual silly problems, cybersquatting, and creative misuse of the domain for pr0n sites, with fuller, unfiltered, and generally funnier coverage available on this icann.org forum thread. -g