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||Mon, October 30, 2000 at 5:59 PM GMT
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||please help me understand "hoarding"
I read your first
posting and wasnt going to reply but after your second message, I feel some clarification
is in order. Clearly, there is a misunderstanding on your part as to the responsibilities
of dotTV. It is my understanding that dotTV has been charged by the nation
of Tuvalu to administer its top level domain (.tv) on a for-profit basis. That
is, Tuvalu, which owns the .tv domain name outright, has arranged with the dotTV
Corp. to sell its domain names to the public for a gain.
Whether it is dotTVs
intent to sit on their inventory for the time being is of no consequence to anyone
but themselves and their shareholders (including, to a very large extent, Tuvalu
itself). They can sit, stand, hop, skip, and jump on whatever they want in
the .tv top-level domain and yet there is no basis to criticize this company for
somehow hoarding, sitting on their inventory, or otherwise making its store of
domain names available on a select basis.
There is no presumption that .tv names
should all be available or priced in a certain way. We live in a market economy
and a company can deploy its assets and sell its inventory however it chooses.
Thats whats meant by the term capitalism. To frame it another way: precisely
what are you proposing should be done with .tv domain names? Before you answer,
ask yourself whether or not what you believe should be done in any way correlates
to an imposition on the rights of a private enterprise to be compelled to act in
a certain way against its will. If I was to say that you should donate all
your personal possessions to the Salvation Army because its fair or because, in
my opinion, you are a purveyor of public trust, would you agree with me?
from what I gather after reading the dotPRO Consortiums proposal, dotTV is but one
member of this consortium that includes Lycos, XO Communications, and a few other
companies. Taken individually, none of these companies is, or should be expected
to be, a purveyor of public trust with regard to their various lines of business.
Together, as a collective applicant for a top-level domain, they most certainly DO
intend to be purveyors of public trust, and you might notice that they have submitted
the single lowest bid (I think it is $3.50) on Registrar pricing for new names.
Their application even mentions the fact that they envision the next top level domain
registry to resemble a public utility.
One final point: dotTV and idealab! didnt
take over the .tv ccTLD. They licensed it from Tuvalu for millions of dollars,
a huge stake in the company, and a seat on the Board of Directors.
- .pro Application by the dotPRO Consortium Moderator, October 7 @ 10:07 PM (12/60)
- tech view of .nom techchick, November 4 @ 2:56 AM (0/0)
- dotPRO Consortium Walter Bergfeld, November 4 @ 12:31 AM (1/1)
- .pro! jedrink24, November 3 @ 5:39 PM (2/5)
- ICANN, please, approving dotPRO is a NO-BRAINER TLDdaddy, November 3 @ 2:05 AM (1/1)
- I vote for dotPro BionicBro, November 3 @ 1:49 AM (0/0)
- Organization or Chaos? Jennifer Sun, November 3 @ 1:43 AM (3/3)
- .Pro! Jer072, November 2 @ 2:43 AM (1/2)
- DotPro Consortium tiger74, November 2 @ 2:08 AM (1/14)
- The internet should be a utility mayor, November 1 @ 6:07 AM (0/0)
- I beg to differ spamela, October 27 @ 12:45 AM (1/20)
- Proposition to ICANN, Applicants & Internet Community Pistoff, October 18 @ 6:34 PM (0/0)
- Dot Pro CONsortium Julie, October 15 @ 12:53 AM (1/2)