[GTLD-WG] Workspace on the Issue of Private Ownership of Common Words as TLDs

Michele Neylon :: Blacknight michele at blacknight.com
Tue Nov 13 23:58:26 UTC 2012


We could go around and around on this for hours :) While it's fun, it's pointless

My views of this, and those of others, are public




As well as those of Kathy Kleiman, Steve del Bianco and others during the public forum:


and, though you may not believe me on this point, my views on this have very little to do with my position as a registrar :)

See also https://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/kleiman-to-icann-25sep12-en



On 13 Nov 2012, at 23:48, Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org>

> On 13 November 2012 17:08, Michele Neylon :: Blacknight <michele at blacknight.com> wrote:
> There's a bit of a difference between a string having certain criteria associated with registration ie. .museum or .aero are "open" to any entity that meets the criteria
> "that meets the criteria" could also mean an publisher or Amazon bookseller for .book
> See, now we're playing around with re-definitions of "open" in order to suit the difficulties in the argument. Even creating mushy middle-grounds such as "semi-open" (I prefer "ajar").
> It's a mess, and we don't really know what plans the "closed" guys have for allocating sub-domains. The only thing we do know about the closed ones is that they won't follow the registrar/reseller distribution model, and IMO (sorry Michele) healthy competition with that model is good from a public-interest PoV. I am not convinced that "private" TLDs will be devoid of public participation, yet that belief is the source of speculative threats that IMO constitute more FUD than fact.
> However if a Google or Amazon closed generic was launched, based on the applications they've submitted, then no other entities would be able to register domains in that namespace except for Google / Amazon.
> They can't *sell* domains. But then, these are companies that have other business models. Google gives away Gmail and Google Docs. Amazon subsidizes every Kindle sold.
> I see no valid reason to deny such opportunity to innovate in TLD space. It's not like "open" TLD competition won't exist for potential registrants.
> - Evan

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