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Re: [ga] A Question regarding: revised-biz-info-org-agreements/ICANN

  • To: "Prophet Partners Inc." <Domains@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [ga] A Question regarding: revised-biz-info-org-agreements/ICANN
  • From: Jeff Williams <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 03:16:35 -0800

Ted and all,

  Indeed.  If the ICANN BoD approves these contract changes/extortions,
they cannot claim that they were based on any kind of consensus of
those these contract changes/extortions effect, namely the stakeholders/

domain name holders.

  I believe as Karl had several times discussed before, these contract
changes/extortions may constitute restraint of trade considerations.
Perhaps a complaint filed with the DOJ in this regard would be in
order asking for a DOJ review of these contract changes/extortions?

Prophet Partners Inc. wrote:

>    Hi Karl,
> In our opinion, it is quite simply a case of "I'll scratch your back
> if you scratch mine." Is there any question of this abusive behavior
> given the following statement by NeuLevel to ICANN?
> http://www.icannwiki.org/Open_Letter_to_ICANN_Commu
> ity_from_NeuLevel_Regarding_.BIZ_Agreement
> "Specifically, we have negotiated terms that are consistent with
> contractual updates to recently concluded agreements, including
> presumptive renewal, elimination of fixed pricing, and a new fee
> structure. Presumptive renewal will help to secure NeuLevel's
> long-term involvement and investment in the gTLD community and the
> DNS, and to help us compete fairly with other gTLD registry operators.
> We have increased our fees to ICANN in recognition of the key role
> registries must play in supporting ICANN's operations and the
> important and challenging issues that lie ahead for the community."
> Our interpretation of the above statement is NeuLevel requesting the
> keys to the .biz Kingdom from ICANN. In exchange for receiving these
> omnipotent powers, NeuLevel would kickback a share of the money
> extorted from the public (AKA .biz registrants) to ICANN.
> To us, this stinks of corruption.
> Sincerely,
> Ted
> Prophet Partners Inc.
> http://www.ProphetPartners.com
> http://www.Premium-Domain-Names.com
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Karl Auerbach" <karl@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: "Dominik Filipp" <dominik.filipp@xxxxxxxx>
> Cc: <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2006 12:07 AM
> Subject: Re: [ga] A Question
> <snipped>
> > Now, I don't believe that this is the case, and if it is true that
> > registry costs are as low as they must be, then it is an open
> question
> > why ICANN is *raising* registry fees rather than lowering them.
> >
> > All in all we really can't discuss the merits of this without having
> a
> > knowledge of how much things actually cost.
> >
> > And since ICANN is building registry fees into the contracts, it is
> > rather important that the registry fees granted by the contracts are
> > based on some accounting of actual costs.
> >
> > --karl--


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