ICANN/Verisign Settlement IS Extortion
- To: settlement-comments@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: ICANN/Verisign Settlement IS Extortion
- From: "dp" <dp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2005 19:11:20 -0600
Please consider that I view the pending settlement as unjustified, and
that I also consider this act as unprecedented Extortion of the
In case I am not clear, here is the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
definition of Extortion...
1 : the act or practice of extorting especially money or other
property; especially : the offense committed by an official engaging
in such practice.
ICANN was supposed to be setup to look-out for Internet users as well
as businesses. It was meant to protect us, not Extort its users and
Verisign has failed so miserably at providing me technical support in
the past that I had absolutely no choice but to become a reselling
registrar myself, just so that I could take control and FINALLY
protect my own intellectual properties (not simply as Domain Names,
but as Trademarks and brands).
Verisign had clearly undermined the integrity and service of the
Domain Name System. I applauded your final decision in shutting down
Verisign's blatant attempt to commercialize the internet for its own
selfish gain, even though your decisiveness was excessively slow.
ICANN has displayed an unwavering ability to suck-up to Verisign and
ICANN accredited registrars through the guise of diplomacy. This has
hampered ICANN's ability to govern the Domain Name System as any sort
All of my complaints and issues with ICANN accredited registrars
remain unresolved to this day. What authority are you supposed to
have in the first place? ICANN is not a governing body, it is a
diplomatic nightmare of weak beaurocracy that does nothing and shows
Even your own website is an nightmare in the study of usability and
fails to assist individuals trying to research issues with the DNS.
As an example, I have tried to look into becoming an accredited
registrar myself many times. But your website is extremely unfriendly
Once, a very long time ago, I was able to find that ICANN
accreditation required a million dollar deposit? How is this to
enable and encourage the growth of Internet business? It has only
hampered me from day one and all successive attempts at trying to find
any updated material on this subject.
In my view, you are doing the Internet community on a whole more harm
And now you want to spoon feed Verisign a new and unjustly exorbitant
settlement agreement that gives it carte blanche to do as it wants
with nearly no guidelines when it was Verisign that undermined your
authority and corrupted the Internet in the first place? When Verisign
cannot support its own customer base? When Verisign only looks to
making a profit in the first place? And when Verisign should literally
be stripped of its position for negligence in its authority as the
registry for the .com and .net TLDs?
I can't believe this. I am glad that I have FINALLY found this
address to post my concerns and criticsm, but you have obviously made
finding this address difficult and kept this settlement news as far
out of the news as possible. And it is also clear that with the speed
at which you are moving towards settlement on this issue you plainly
appear to have much to hide. And I personally believe that what you
are hiding, aside from your lack of a spine to stand for what is right
against Verisign, is your new found corruption and greed.
This settlement is absolutely ridiculous. You are rewarding Verisign
for being a corporate giant and bully conglomerate. This action is
absolutely unprecedented and unequaled, even by Microsoft and its slap-
on-the-wrist from the USA and other goverment courts.
Where is justice?
It appears that ICANN is settling this suit under the new contract
terms simply because of its own greed. Under the terms of the new
contract, ICANN will double the fees it charges for every registered
domain from 25 cents USD to 50 cents USD per year of registration.
One thing is clear, ICANN is no longer protecting the integrity of the
DNS, nor looking out for the interests of the little guy. ICANN is
unquestionably thumbing its nose at under developed nations and
economies which look to the Internet as a way out of financial
diffulties and/or to encourage economic growth, since such entities
and individuals would unquestionably be hardest hit by the conditions
and provisions under this unfair and exorbitant settlement.
ICANN is only showing us that it is corrupt. ICANN has jumped into
bed with conglomerate giant Verisign to generate billions of extra
revenue for Verisign and itself at the expense of domain registrars,
web hosts, web design studios and all domain name registrants.
Am I angry? You better believe it. ICANN is doing me and mine more
harm and no good.
I don't believe that this, my view and response to the ICANN/Verisign
settlement will be posted on the ICANN website. Thusly, I am also
posting a copy of this email to settlement-comments@xxxxxxxxx in my
forum at http://Domainers.Name/Forums/viewtopic.php?p=201#201
Please get real.
Please use some integrity.
Please reconsider this settlement.
Please get a backbone.
Please do what is right.
Please do not allow such extortion.
Please throw out this settlement.
Please start acting in the interest of the global Internet community.
I thank you for listening to me address my concerns as well as the
concerns of my customers and clientele.
Doug Peters, Symbiotic Design Creative Director
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