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March 30, 2007




I'm sure glad your on "our" side...you,ve got gutts and hit the nail on the head most of the time...thanks


Mr. Schilling,

Have you commented via the mailing list as well?

It is quite shocking to see domain monetization described in such a manner for _all_ types of domain monetization. In particular, because most registrars are among the largest domain parkers (by domains).

While I also believe that domains are "public goods," in the same sense as transmission spectrum, I do not believe the ownership issue should be determined on the basis of the eventual usage of the domain. Like all other public goods auctions should take place on premium domains, with the monies collected. That does not necessarily ensure the names go to the best usage, but it helps extract as much rent from the sale as possible, just like other goods.

Having received the most possible for the premium names, the owners are free to do whatever they like. (This would only work for new tlds, but by proxy this is already being done for expiring names).

!!!The market FINDS the solution!!!

It is a bit ironic that the registries receive monies for expired auctions -- it will be interesting to see if a wait-list service comes in new tlds, so that the registry receives the expired names directly for re-allocation however it sees fit.

(The problem is sort of what to do with the monies, so that no negative externalities are created-- a larger ICANN / Regsteries promoting bogus tlds etc...)

This sad commentary on ICANN exhibits a quasi-socialist view of the world. It seems they want to force people to use domains in a manner that they see fit. That is a view I find quite dangerous, especially in light of the .xxx tld proposal, along with other "specialized" tlds.

I hope this view changes soon.

Edwin Hayward

When you look at the misinformed nonsense being disseminated on the ALAC list as the starting point for a discussion on "domain monetization" (see the PDF attached to the archived email below) it's less surprising to see just what an amazingly wrong turn their discussion has taken.


That's not to justify the ignorance, but I guess it's like berating somebody for getting lost while driving home when you first knock them out and drop them in a random starting location a day's drive away. In other words, the seeds of misinformation seem to have been present so early in the discussion that it is entirely unsurprising - unavoidable, almost - that the subsequent discussion is so far off-base.

Of course, if the ALAC readership was founded in the real world, and they bothered to read the FT, Business 2.0 or dozens of other mainstream publications they might have had a chance to get the cluetrain back on track, but as it stands it looks like it is chugging merrily into the wilderness.

My sincerest hope is that ICANN will dismiss their request for discussion out of hand for the time-wasting gibberish it so clearly is.

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