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Re: the business model, was what problem are we solving? (was Re: ICANN opens
John Levine wrote: > I own iecc.com. A group of educators in Minnesota own iecc.org. A > speculator in the UK owns iecc.net. Which, if any, of us gets first > dibs on iecc.thisisgreatstuff? Well, that would depend on whatever policies the owner of "thisisgreatstuff" has. More importantly, who gets first dibs at .iecc ????? Based on what I read, it will be the highest bidder. I have not seen wording that says that in cases of legitimate conflicts from existing domains, the .tld will be made unavailable period. Speculators won't be too happy with the busines potential for registering .iecc because in the end, only 3 customers will be interested in registering domains in that .tld, and if none of those have deep pockets, none of them will be interested in buying the .tld itself from the speculator. But conflicts will arise you have multiple legitimate owners of a trademark in different countries, and one of them has much deeper pockets than the others and will get the .tld for their trademark, thus devalueing/infringing on your trademark. I think that IANA should have long ago become quite strict with domain name registrations. .COM should have been only to companies operating worldwide. Websites that have portions of their site limited to local IPs (for instance BBC, and the USA networks like ABC CBS NBC, should be forced to use a "local" .TLD of their own country since they are no longer "world wide web". aka: www.abc.us instead of www.abc.com . If you want ".com" you need to be accessible worldwide. bbc.co.uk is fine because when you access it, you are aware it is a site designed for UK residents so when they tell you you can't access parts of their web site, you understand. But they shouldn't have "bbc.com" for that web site. Similarly, IANA could have setup rules so that new .TLDs would be handed out only when they have global scope, or if the tld defines a region (such as .asia or .europe). In other words, prevent a pizza place in dubai from buying the whole .PIZZA tld unless its goal is to make it available to all pizzerias around the world.