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Username: dnheller
Date/Time: Wed, June 6, 2001 at 3:09 PM GMT
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Subject: Questionable need for new TLDs

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I suspect there is no need for new TLDs (.biz, .sex, etc.).  The dot-com collapse has greatly reduced the total demand for domain names.  The only people to benefit from new domain names would be registrars collecting registration fees.

If new TLDs are authorized, then existing trademark holders are forced, by trademark law, to pay to register trademarked names in new TLDs (ibm.biz, amazon.biz, etc.) in order to protect their trademarked names, even though the new domain names will add no value.

Sure, IBM and Amazon can easily affort $35/year to register, but there is no business benefit, and it only confuses things.  Would we look at books.com, books.biz, books.sex, sex.com, or sex.biz or sex.sex for books about sex?  Just look at the mess in newsgroup name hierarchies.

The only new TLD that I could favor is ".nom" or ".per" to be used ONLY for personal email addresses and domains shared by indivudals (e.g. www.david.heller.per and david@heller.per).
 


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