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Username: sfeibish
Date/Time: Fri, September 21, 2001 at 3:15 PM GMT
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Subject: ICANN's rules cause individuals to register for many names.  A message to ICANN.

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A message to ICANN.

Your rules have promoted the mass registration of names by
individuals.

What appears to you as speculation and cybersquatting, is often just
an individual responding to the rules you've imposed.

Take the case of someone who doen't already own a going business.
They are at that point in their career where they can take a good
generic name (with its inherent free advertising value) and build a
website around it.

The individual would like to apply for a small number of names that
have good profit potential.  Or a small number of names that
correspond with their interests and hobbies (golf, painting,
whatever).

ICANN/REGISTRY IMPOSES A LOTTERY SYSTEM.

A lottery system forces that individual to apply for extra names.  If
the individual applies for a limited number of names;  especially, the
best names, there is a good chance the person will wind up with zero
names.

So an individual is forced to apply for many names, in the hopes of
winning a few.  Since there will be many applicants for the best
names, the individual is forced to also apply for what he considers
"secondary" names.

Lo and behold
ICANN RULES THAT TRADEMARK HOLDERS GET FIRST CRACK
AT THE DOMAIN NAMES.

Well, there is a good chance a trademark holder will want to
apply for a name corresponding to his trademark.  One has to assume
that a trademarked name will be taken.

Many of the names on the applicant's original list are no
longer available.

The applicant is forced to apply for still more "secondary" names.
He keeps his original applications in the hopes that a few trademark
holders will not apply for their names, and one or two names will
slip thru.  Or in the hope that ICANN will change its policy.

ICANN RULES THAT TWO CHARACTER NAMES ARE UNAVAILABLE.

The individual keeps his 2-character names in the hopes
that ICANN will change its policy.  Applies for still
more names.

ICANN RESERVES COUNTRY NAMES.
There is talk that WIPO would like to take away geographic names.

Since a lot of geographic/city names aren't trademarked, and a
number of rulings have gone against cities, and there may never
be a chance to obtain a geographic/city name again.  And since all the
other names applicant was applying for have vanished.  Applicant
applies for geographic/city names.


Now the applicant has an extremely long list of names.
Many of which aren't available due to ICANN restrictions
or Sunrise registrations.

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The fact that the names are unavailable doesn't matter to
a number of registrars who put payment authorizations on
unavailable names.  2-character names, country names,
names taken in Sunrise, etc.

Now, other registrars don't have access to credit that
should have been available.

The registrars who played the game legally have suffered
many times over.

Lost registrations due to trademark fraud.  Lost registrations
whan a name isn't submitted due to insufficient credit.
Credit that actually exists!. -- etc.

"for those that follow",
Steve Feibish

     
     
     
     
    

 


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