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Re: Verisign vs. ICANN
On Aug 16, 2004, at 4:13 PM, Paul Vixie wrote:
email@example.com (Patrick W Gilmore) writes:PS: I will patent it myself to prevent Versign from doing this.And if they do, what's to stop the root operators from doing this.the root server operators don't act collectively.
While correct, your statement does not answer the original question. :)
Let's confine the discussion to the 99.99% of us who use the Internet .. uh .. "normally". (Best description I could think up.)Remember, there are 13 IPs no one can get around - no other "TLD" to register your domain name.according to the whackos, we are the "legacy root" operators, and folks ought to feel free to point their resolvers at any of the "alternative root" operators instead. YMMV.
I mean, they are called "whackos" for a reason.
Actually, the root server operators absolutely do _control_ the root zone in very obvious operationally relevant ways.root server operators don't control the root zone, they only publish it.Flipped on its head, what's to stop the root operators from circumventing anything Verisign or any other TLD operator does?
Whether that control could be used - improperly or not - to, say, insert a wildcard record strikes me as much the same question as the Verisign action which started this thread....