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||Were the DNS regulatory authority about upholding its charter
of being a Public Benefit Corporation, then you expect YesNIC to be in deep shit.|
as posters here know from ICANN's awarding of the .info Registry to the registrar
consortium Afilias Ltd. and Afilias's abysmal management of the .info launch with
10,000 instances of Afilias and its registrars taking money for processing ineligible
Sunrise applications - with the resultant losses for Landrushers - which have yet
to be or are unlikely to be addressed in an equitable way - no one should expect
that either ICANN or Afilias will exercise the penalty clauses in the Registrar Agreement
each has with YesNIC.
It appears that YesNIC participated in the .info Sunrise
with false TM registration details for names it was registering on its own behalf
- and may have taken preregistrations fees from the Internet community for the names
the registrar YesNIC processed for itself.
I believe YesNIC exceeded the number
of Registrar registrations permitted by ICANN, but I have memory of an apparent anomaly
in the ICANN/Afilias Registry Agreement which permits Afilias registrars to exceed
the number of Registrar registrations permitted by ICANN for other extensions.
suspect that the Internet community, the straight registrars and the ethical members
of staff of ICANN would like to see an example made of YesNIC for its abuses in the
.info Sunrise, but I suspect that YesNIC operations are strategically very important
to Afilias, so little is likely to happen to protect domain buyers from a registrar
prepared to rort the system and break rules which supposedly govern its conduct.
I think the fact that YesNIC was prepared to so blatently behave like a pirate
is evidence of the current corrupt culture in which registrars operate and that ICANN
will have no credibility until the current ICANN execs who must bear responsibility
for the Afilias fiasco are removed.