There are thousands of smaller
companies who have spent the time and money to trademark their names and logos, but
have limited cash resources to fund ICANN in the proportions you have stated.
I agree that paying for "orchestra" seating is a good idea, however. I would
just make it a little easier and still stiff enough so that the average speculator
would not be inclined to join in. I'm inclined to say $5,000 per registration
and $1,000 per year renewal. Also, there would have to be proof that the name
is legitimately trademarked.
I also agree
that the .com's would be open territory and trademarks would not apply there, except
for exact matches to names like coca-cola, microsoft, disneyworld, disneyland, waltdisney,
hewlett-packard, etc. It would, however, allow microsoftnot, fordsucks, etc.
(which already exist)or other derivations. Why shouldn't a computer systesm
builder who does not use the MS OS say so in his name? How about xyzcosupportsucks.
Bad PR is no excuse for censorship.
I honestly doubt any of this
will fly, however. Someone, somewhere will come up with a reason why we should
not gauge the big boys unless they have a large vote on how ICANN is operated.
Here we go again. Big brother (corporations) is watching (controlling) you
I support a limited number of 'famous
marks' in a new TLD for a 'sunrise period'. The names would be based on WIPO recommendations.
Tthe list of names would, in fact 'force' a sale to the holders of those famous marks.
Since the value of those names would like be several thousand times that of non-protected
names there should be some way to 'extract' that value for the benefit of the Internet
community as a whole, rather than for the benefit of one or more Registries.
I propose that the names be allocated to their respective companies for a fee of,
say US $ 100,000 on allocation, with an annual renewal fee of US $ 10,000. These
fees would be paid into a trust, the income from which would be used to defray ICANN
expenses, thereby reducing the support costs payable by various constituencies.