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Username: S. Hudgens
Date/Time: Thu, March 29, 2001 at 3:54 PM GMT
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Subject: .Biz

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Nope.  Leave your fingerprints on the dozer, and be proud you have made the 'neighborhood' a better place.

Follow this logic:  If ICANN can legally strip .biz domains from a rightful owner, even if that owner generates income from their existing .biz site, then the assumption must be that domains aren't real property.  Otherwise, ICANN will have done the cyberspace equivalent of a bank robbery when (if) .biz is transferred.

So, domains aren't real property?  Either that, or domains don't become real property until ICANN approves them for 'global acceptance'.  Either explanation just, well, sucks.

What a riot!  On one hand, the world stops when someone dares to register a domain that 'violates' someone's 'trademark', even if that 'trademark' is a commonly used word (sure sounds like domains are considered 'real' property in this case).  And on the other hand, an entire registry of legal, operating domains can be erased and moved, apparently without allowing any recourse for the owners (obviously, not considered real property in this case).

You want another analogy?  It is late in the third quarter of a football game.  A half-dressed player wanders onto the field with a big stick and proceeds to take whatever shoes and helmet he likes, puts them on, pushes a player out of his position, and starts playing.  The referees simply turn their heads while this late-coming, property-grabbing bully takes control of the playing field and does exactly what he wants to whoever he wishes, all the while claiming he is doing so for the betterment of the game.

Sound like ICANN to you?

S. Hudgens

 


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