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Proposed contracts must be changed

  • To: <biz-tld-agreement@xxxxxxxxx>, <info-tld-agreement@xxxxxxxxx>, <org-tld-agreement@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Proposed contracts must be changed
  • From: "HighEndWebNames.com" <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 23:24:29 +0200

The proposed contracts do not forbid the .BIZ, .INFO and .ORG registries to
introduce tiered pricing models similar to the pricing model used be the .TV
registry, which charges high-end prices for so-called premium domain names.

This would be an unfair step against domain owners, domain developers and
Internet entrepreneurs, because they could lose their domain names, websites
and thus their online businesses and online identities.

Every domain that is actively used by a company to market their products can
be considered as the company's trademark and rising the prices of domain
registrations would lead to domain owners having to drop their domains,
because they could not afford them anymore. This would not only hurt the
existences of thousands of entrepreneurs and individuals, it would also be
an advantage for companies and investors with deep pockets, since they could
outbid other domain registrants.

In addition, such a tiered pricing model would have a very bad influence on
the domain name aftermarket. Most domain buyers could not afford to pay fair
sales prices anymore, because they would have to pay much higher yearly
registration fees. 

On another note, there would most likely be many lawsuits and litigation
that ICANN itself would have to deal with from the millions of impacted
domain owners.


Dominik Mueller

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