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Username: huguesdb
Date/Time: Fri, November 3, 2000 at 11:28 PM GMT
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Subject: come on...


Come on you guys, don't you have better things to do than quibble on words....

While it is clear that any 'reservation' of a domain name which does not yet exist, but for which an application has been filed with ICANN is a 'pre-registration'. This is not ILLEGAL but simply not recommended by ICANN.

Any registration of a domain name in an existing registry, whether public or private, is a registration - full stop - irrespective of whether it is an ICANN accredited registry / registrar or not.

No law or international treaty prevents anyone from creating a registry, operating it, taking registrations and fees for this. There isnothing immoral, illegal, subversive, abusive, etc. unless the registrar makes visibly false claims.

Anything done outside of ICANN does face some obstacles as I assume IOD and name-space have found out. These barriers are just like there are import tarifs - pure protectionism (my personal view) but that is life. Maybe one day we will have the internet GATT!!!

Best regards,
Hugues Du Bois


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