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||Thu, October 19, 2000 at 8:06 PM GMT
||Microsoft Internet Explorer V5.0 using Windows 98
||The problem of confusion between Cameroon and ".com"
To To ICANN and to Mr. Kinney:|
There are various reasons that we completely reject
the assertions made by Mr. Kinney.
(1) Currently Belize runs less than 1,000 domains
under the .bz TLD. Mr. Kinney states that Belize has recently licensed the .bz domain
to a third party for marketing to businesses. To date, however, no efforts have been
made in this direction. It makes no sense to hold up the development of the Internet
on the basis of a vague intention by Belize to use their ccTLD for businesses when
they have so far shown no solid intention or capability to do so.
(2) Mr. Kinney
claims that the sound of “.bz” is similar enough to “.biz” to cause confusion. This
is not correct as “.bz” is most properly pronounced “dot BEE ZEE” or “dot BEE ZED”
and there is no reason that this should be confused with the pronunciation of “.biz”
which will be “dot BIZ”.
There is no reason to expect a concatenation of the
letters “b” and “z” in the standard pronunciation of “.bz”, as (as far as we are
aware), this occurs with the pronunciation of no other ccTLDs. “.uk” is pronounced
“dot YOU KAY” not “dot UK”, “.de” (Germany) is pronounced “dot DEE EE” not “dot DEE”
even “.ws” which has been marketed extensively outside its role as a ccTLD is pronounced
“dot DOUBLE YOU ESS” not “dot WIS”, “dot WAS” or “dot WOS”.
(3) Mr. Kinney claims
that people might accidentally access a domain under the “.biz” TLD while trying
to access one under their own “.bz” TLD. This is extremely unlikely as this would
entail the user accidentally typing the character “i” between the “b” and the “z”.
I suppose it is more possible that people would access a Belizean site instead of
the appropriate .biz site. However this is a problem that is faced every day by people
who accidentally omit the “o” from “.com” and end up accidentally at a site under
the Cameroon “.cm” TLD. As far as I am aware this problem occurs rarely enough so
as not to cause major confusion or difficulty.
(4) Belize has not shown the technical
capability to run a large scale registry operation and there is no evidence that
they have the resources to do this successfully.
(5) In summary there is no greater
likelihood of a confusion between “.biz” and “.bz” then there is of a confusion between
“.com” and “.cm” or for that matter between .mil and .ml (the country code of Mali).
If it is necessary to prevent the marketing of .biz we should also at once change
the codes for .com and for .mil to avoid similar confusion.
TLD Management Group, Affinity Internet, Inc
- .biz, etc. Application by Affinity Internet, Inc. Moderator, October 7 @ 10:30 PM (13/43)
- Further Statement in Support of our Application PhilBerent, November 5 @ 11:50 PM (0/0)
- Affinity application jehlers, October 28 @ 5:07 AM (0/0)
- Proposal analysis - Affinity's NAME LOTTERY AND HIGH FEES TLD Facts, October 26 @ 3:13 PM (1/1)
- Affinity App peniel, October 25 @ 10:58 PM (1/1)
- Reply dd5166, October 24 @ 2:44 PM (0/0)
- jandl is right. bizEXISTSalready, October 22 @ 1:07 AM (0/0)
- Support for Affinity Proposal SSattaur, October 21 @ 2:45 PM (0/0)
- .biz and .ebiz A. Kinney, October 19 @ 5:09 PM (1/10)
- The problem of confusion between Cameroon and ".com" philberent, October 19 @ 8:06 PM (2/9)
- Proposition to ICANN, Applicants & Internet Community Pistoff, October 18 @ 5:46 PM (0/0)
- .biz exists already people!!!!!!!!! SayNoToAbacus, October 17 @ 4:03 AM (1/2)
- Why not simply say .BIZ will be a mega corp TLD? jandl, October 16 @ 8:21 PM (1/4)
- application materials page returns "forbidden" error in IE5 jandl, October 14 @ 7:33 PM (0/0)
- Our Application PhilBerent, October 14 @ 1:18 PM (2/12)