"Dangerous" provisions in this agreement
- To: <biz-tld-agreement@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: "Dangerous" provisions in this agreement
- From: <franks@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 21:20:14 -0700
The combination of "presumptive renewal" and the "lifting of price controls on
registry services" is incredibly dangerous.
Imagine buying a home, taking on a large mortgage, remodeling, moving in, only
to be informed 6 months later that your property taxes will go up 10,000% with
no better services offered by local government. The government doesn't care if
you can't pay your tax/mortgage because they don't really want you to pay your
tax... they want you to abandon your home so they can take your property and
resell it to a higher payer for more money, pocketing the difference
themselves, leaving you with nothing.
This agreement as written leaves the door open to exactly that type of
scenario. Domain registrants accustomed to paying $8 or $10 may suddenly be
faced with a bill for $500.00 per name year or more because their name is
desired by more than one party. Profitable sites such as Google.biz could get
renewal bills of $100,000 per year.. or 1 million per year. The registry
doesn't care -- if the registrant fails to renew the name they can offer a
domain parking service to monetize latent traffic from the former registrant's
A registry changing the rules in the sandbox, usurping the rights of the
registrants it was meant to serve, creating fiefdoms in the name of profit for
the registry operator.. The scenarios just described are wide open for
implementation if this agreement passes unchanged.
It is troubling that in 2006 ICANN still consistently fails to take into
account the mercantilist instincts of its for-profit registry partners. This
agreement should never have made it to this comment phase as written. ICANN's
time horizon is much shorter sighted than the registry operator. It is
profoundly troubling that no-one at ICANN has thought to build the simplest of
safeguards to protect small business people and end users from the wholesale
change in pricing structure, left open in these agreements.
I urge ICANN to reject this agreement as written, to modify the salient points
relating to price control in order to provide certainty and assurance for the
registrants of this name-space.
Registry operators would be well served to model the successful registries.
The largest most thriving name-spaces are those with consistent, predictable
and moderate pricing. Where registrants of all kinds can grow their businesses
without the heavy-hand of intervention or price manipulation. Namespaces are
remarkably similar to "countries" in that those that foster low taxes, liberty
and opportunity for all, are those that attract the best, brightest; and
ultimately thrive to the envy of others.