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Username: fabrcop
Date/Time: Sun, October 15, 2000 at 7:35 AM GMT
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Subject: Cancel Webster's bank account: this is just as absurd as to cancel IOD's registrations


Should .web registrations taken since 1996 should be wiped out?
This does not make sense, in the same way it would not make sense to wipe out .com registrations taken since 1993!!! The difference between NSI's .com and IOD's .web is only that .web was more unlucky and had to wait many years to see it in the A-root server.

IOD started its .web registry just because IANA authorized this
on July 31, 1996. This was made my Jon Postel and Bill Manning of IANA
during a meeting at the IANA offices, in front of many witnesses.
They gave IOD permission to start the .web registry and to collect fees for registrations, and they promises that the process would be complete in a few months. Many people at the meeting can witness this.
During a lawsuit (1997) all this has been made apparent,
so IANA's promise has even a *legal* validity.

Further on, registrations taken by IOD are real contracts with
registrants. So: if ICANN does not accept IODesign's registry,
IODesign will sue ICANN. If ICANN does accept IODesign's registry
but IODesign cancels registrations taken since 1996, registrants
will sue IODesign. In both cases, the Internet will not have
.web soon.
On the contrary, it is fair (and useful for the Internet) to
accept IOD's .web registry with registrations (they were
taken in good faith).

I agree that later IODesign should accept to share its database
with other registrars. This is accepted by IODesign (read its


Fabrizio Coppola


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