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  • To: "comments-igo-ingo-final-20sep13@xxxxxxxxx" <comments-igo-ingo-final-20sep13@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: comments-igo-ingo-final-20sep13
  • From: Charles Christopher <charles@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:58:00 +0000

“Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more 
than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the 
old routines.”
- Frank Herbert, American author

“Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost 
its status.”
- Laurence J. Peter PhD author of  “The Peter Principle”

ICANN is demonstrating that is has lost track of what really matter, its 
actions have become misaligned with the public domain they oversee.

Trademark law has been evolved over THOUSANDS of years. Todays embodiment of 
those ideas includes the notion that no person or entity may have exclusive 
rights to a mark across all goods and services unless that entity is so famous 
that the use of the mark by any other entity would be confusing to the public. 
This allows multiple holders of the exact same mark to coexist (and here we're 
only talking about in one country as this is true none-the-less in multiple 
countries) because they are obviously different; re do not cause CONFUSION. In 
fact the very nature of top level domains is the DIFFERENCE between the names 
sharing second level strings! You cant have it both ways.

The mission creep of ignoring the unique value a string may provide an 
unrelated entity is unacceptable. I consider this proposal to be 
institutionalized reverse domain name hijacking. Any entity able to get their 
string “on the list” then having the right to take or dezone unrelated entities 
domains. Saying that this policy is limited to, for example the Red Cross, is 
foolish as any reasonable person can see the door is being opened for others 
who have influence and “take their domains” for others.

The more policies like this that are implemented the less innovation we will 
see. This will have a chilling effect regarding investing in a unique internet 
business (“domain name”) when ICANN one day may feel the domain is someone 
elses “property”?

The RedCross, and those using .INT for example, have there own special place on 
the internet, and unique address different than all others.

“stupid is as stupid does”
- Forrest Gump

People who cant figure out they are or are not at the right website will not be 
saved by any level of guidance, they are lost from the start. With 4% world GDP 
now on the internet and growing, naming seems to work just fine ..


Do not create a class of privileged of domains registrants!

Charles Christopher
CIO Alfena.com, and ICANN Accredited Registrar

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