Opposition to DomeBase proposal
was based on two considerations:
1. Afilias Sunrise Policy cannot be changed.
And, even if it is changed it cannot be applied to the domain names registered before
the date of change: As we all know, this is not true. Afilias has modified
the policy and this modification will be applicable to all registrations made before
and after the date of change.
2. If Startup period is run for all domain names,
50% of prime names will end up in the kitty of 50% of the registrars because they
are not participating in pre-registration process: For the people who care for the
facts, following information will be of some interest.
-Total No. of Afilias authorized
(inculding those in process)
-Registrars not accepting pre-registration:
-Verification not because English
version of website not available
For the benefit of those of
us who have difficulty with numbers, 49 out of 58 Afilias authorized registrars are
accepting pre-registrations for Startup peiod for sure. And, if one gives benefit
of doubt to 3 other, total number of registrars who are accepting pre-registrations
goes upto 52! out of 58.
So, what could be the reason for opposing such a reasonable
proposal. The most charitable explanation that I could think of was: Ignorance.
it would be too much to say that Afilias did what they did because it listened to
this misinformation, though, it definitly gave them some support to stick to their
ill-conceived stand. So why does Afilias is scared to run the Startup period for
all names, including those registerd in sunrise period? Difinite answer to
this question can be given only by Ailias themselves. In the absence of such
explanation from Afilias, we can only think of possible explanation. Let us see:
will happen if all names are allowed to run in Startup period? Without exception,
all names registered fraudulently will be taken up in the Startup period ( and, there
are many may more fraudulent registrations than "facially" apparent! Not all
fraud artists have been inefficient, particularly after this scam came to light).
Although Startup registrant will not become the owner of the name if the it was registered
in sunrise period, every one would know there is a claimant waiting to claim the
name if there is no trademark challenger succeeds in caliming it. Would any
one challenge such a name unless he has bullet-proof trademark claim for it?
I don't think so. Who will be adversly affected in that case? Fraud artist for sure.
But, also those who stand to benefit from revenue stream that will be generated from
challenge round. And, who are those?: Afilias? Wipo? or both. As opposed
to tons of revenue that is expected to be generated challenge round as it stands
now, what would they get from this simple, honest, play by the rules startup hopeful?
$40 max. you see their whole revenue projections can go haywire if they accept DomeBose
proposal! I am beginning to see that Afilias are not victims as some of our
well-maning friends seem to think.
Now, where do we go from here? I don't
think there is reason for despair. Afilias have shown that their policy is
not written in stone. If they can make cosmetics changes in their policy, they
can surely make changes that are meaningful. One way to make DomeBose proposal
more attractive is to agree to increase the fee that startup registrant would be
required to pay for the challenge. I know this does not seem fair to startup
registrant. But, it would be better than wishy washy procedure annouced by Afilias.
We should also consider some drastic measures as have been suggested in this forum.