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Domain Tasting Comments

  • To: domain-tasting-motion@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Domain Tasting Comments
  • From: John Erickson <erickson.john48@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 14:26:59 -0700 (PDT)

 As an independent internet user, and businessman, I find the actions 
that are ruling the market for domain sales counter-intuitive. According 
to the law of supply and demand, if we take away the demand for domain 
 names by eliminating the competition for them, the value of individual 
domain names will go down. This will impact the amount of domains that 
will be sold overall. The Commercial and Business Constituency has 
 reported a net increase in the purchases of domains due to tasting.  
This additional revenue has allowed Verisign to spend vast amounts of 
money on infrastructure to support a safe DNS system that will not 
fail.  If we take away some of the revenue that has helped the DNS 
 system bolster, not only are we removing competitive purchasing of 
domains, a good thing, we are also robbing the very infrastructure 
needed to keep the internet up and running.

I also believe that the IP contingency is missing the mark here by 
 trying to change the domain policy. If they are worried about Trademark 
infringements, rather than prohibiting the purchasing of domains, go 
after the people who are delivering the ads that are actually 
infringing. If you remove the monetization of these domains, there is no 
 need to worry about the tasting in them. The current approach is similar 
to prohibiting the sale of motor vehicles in an effort to reduce highway 
deaths. This proposed plan simply does not go after the right people for 
 the right things.

John Erickson
Wichita, KS, USA
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