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Re: [announce] Domain Tasting Motion open for Public Comment 30 April to 21 May 2008

  • To: "GNSO.SECRETARIAT@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <gnso.secretariat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, dt-motion-21may08@xxxxxxxxx, na-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: [announce] Domain Tasting Motion open for Public Comment 30 April to 21 May 2008
  • From: "Jeffrey A. Williams" <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 21:16:15 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

Glen and all,

  Thank you Glen for putting out this announcment. 

  The problem with the announcment, which is unlikely to be
Glen's fault, is that in part it is not accurate in that
the motion was significantly opposed for other approaches
including the elimination of the AGP all together so that
Domain name Tasting can truly be eliminated.  

  The current ill considered motion will not have a significant
effect on curbing Domain Name Tasting, could as Dominik's unmentioned
motion indicated actually increase Domain Name Tasting.

-----Original Message-----
>From: "GNSO.SECRETARIAT@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <gnso.secretariat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: May 1, 2008 12:20 PM
>To: announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [announce] Domain Tasting Motion open for Public Comment 30 April to 
>21 May 2008
>[To: council[at]gnso.icann.org; liaison6c[at]gnso.icann.org]
>[To: ga[at]gnso.icann.org; announce[at]gnso.icann.org]
>[To: regional-liaisons[at]icann.org]
>The Public comment period on the Domain Tasting Motion is open for
>public comments  from 30 April 2008 to 21 May 2008.
>The GNSO Council approved by super majority vote a motion to discourage
>use of the current “add grace period” (AGP), where domains can be
>returned within five days without cost, for “domain tasting” purposes.
>The motion, which is pending for Board action, would prohibit any gTLD
>operator that has implemented an “add grace period” (AGP) from offering
>a refund for any domain name deleted during the AGP that exceeds 10% of
>its net new registrations during that month, or fifty domain names,
>whichever is greater. An exemption could be granted based on
>extraordinary circumstances, as detailed in the motion.
>“Domain Tasting” refers to a situation where an entity registers a
>domain name and then tests to see if the name has sufficient traffic to
>provide more income than the annual registration fee (usually through
>pay-per-click advertising). If the name is profitable, it is kept. If
>not, the AGP is used to return the domain at no cost to the registrant.
>Recently, there has been a significant increase in the number of domain
>names registered and returned within the AGP.
>In October 2007, the GNSO Council launched a policy development process
>(PDP) on domain tasting and produced an Initial Report
>for public comment that outlined the possible actions to be taken, and
>the arguments for and against such actions. Public comments were
>incorporated into a draft Final Report
>(posted 8 February) for GNSO Council review and action.
>The public is invited to comment on this motion before final
>consideration by the Board.
>Please submit comments to:
>Comments may be viewed at:
>Thank you.
>Glen de Saint Géry
>GNSO Secretariat - ICANN


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