[CPWG] [registration-issues-wg] [GTLD-WG] Reflections on registry agreement renewals

Roberto Gaetano roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com
Wed May 8 07:08:19 UTC 2019

Tough one indeed.
Somebody who buys in bulk tickets for events in order to sell them at a higher price close to the event date is called a “scalper", and according to Italian law is a criminal and can be prosecuted.
Somebody who buys domain names in bulk in order to sell them at a higher price is called a "domain investor" and is considered a legitimate business person.

On 08.05.2019, at 03:17, h.raiche at internode.on.net<mailto:h.raiche at internode.on.net> wrote:

Absolutely, it is a tough one.

From an Australian perspective, it is an issue we have been grappling with for some time - no easy answers there.  My first question - who determines, and how, whether the license to use a name is  for speculation or not.  Next question - if money is spent for the right to use a name, with the intent to eventually use the name, and so may be considered 'speculative' - is that okay.

So yes, it really is a tough one - not easy answers from Oz


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Tue, 7 May 2019 20:51:11 +0000
Re: [registration-issues-wg] [CPWG] [GTLD-WG] Reflections on registry agreement renewals

Whew! That's a tough one because how do you distinguish what is speculation? Better to just raise prices and bring down the volume, I think.
From: GTLD-WG <gtld-wg-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org<mailto:gtld-wg-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org>> on behalf of John Laprise <jlaprise at gmail.com<mailto:jlaprise at gmail.com>>
Sent: Saturday, May 4, 2019 8:50 AM
Subject: [GTLD-WG] [CPWG] Reflections on registry agreement renewals

The recent discussion on this topic has made me reflect on the topic more broadly and I'd like to share something provocative I've been pondering.

At the broadest level, domain reselling and all speculation surrounding domain names should be outlawed outright. ICANN doesn't as a rule tell end users how to (not) use their domains. However there is an argument to be made that speculative behaviour hurts all non-speculative users by increasing pricing.


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