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Re: [alac] Analysis of .coop, .museum, and .aero renewals

  • To: "John R Levine" <johnl@xxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [alac] Analysis of .coop, .museum, and .aero renewals
  • From: Wendy Seltzer <wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 21:36:06 -0500

At 09:07 PM 12/30/2005, John R Levine wrote:
> Yes, and I thought the application fees were supposed to cover
> ICANN's evaluation and negotiation costs.  The ongoing oversight
> costs to ICANN for a TLD should be negligible, especially if it has
> few registrants.

Maybe, maybe not. Consider the name speculation mess in .pro.

Right, which is why ICANN should stay out of those messes, ideally by not requiring applicants for TLDs to propose constrained eligible populations they'll then want to expand.

But then I've always thought sponsored TLDs were a bad idea. ICANN should not be in the business of monitoring domain users' activities or business, nor of delegating those responsibilities to non-consensus "sponsors."


Oversight of an unsponsored TLD where anyone can sign up should be easy.

Sponsored TLDs are turning out to be painful, partly in case the sponsor
doesn't enforce the rules, partly because they all find out that nobody
wants to register and they come back and ask for special treatment to make
it easier, or relax the rules, or whatever.

John Levine, johnl@xxxxxxxx, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be, http://www.johnlevine.com, Mayor
"I shook hands with Senators Dole and Inouye," said Tom, disarmingly.

Wendy Seltzer -- wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

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