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URS : Say NO

  • To: net-agreement-renewal@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: URS : Say NO
  • From: Gary Petersen <garyp-2011@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 21:54:04 -0700

I have read about the URS and believe it is a bad idea for many reasons:

1) It lacks oversight. One person is not enough to take away somebody's business. If that one person is bad at their job, it would be horrible and eventually, every company hires somebody who is bad at their job and
takes a while to replace them.

2) It changes the rules mid-game. People have developed their websites already based on naming which made it a hassle for companies to take what they wanted without reason. This lowers the
bar making those with money have a huge advantage over the rest of the world.

3) The policy is not clear and seems to lack a reasonable time and appeals process. We've seen companies make mistakes in the past and blanket-sue grandmas for sharing Metalica without a computer. If a company makes a mistake, what is going to stop them? The one person who reviews this? What if the company swears under oath it is right? What is the penalty for
lying?  Will the company be stopped from doing it ever again?

4) These rules are a dangerous precedent. The government of the USA has been taking domains with incorrect justification and "missing" and taking others domains by accident. Its been a failure of an idea for fairness and for the average user. Why is this lack of accountability being expanded?

In summary, DO NOT DO URS. Its bad. It needs to have protections built in against abuse.

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