[CPWG] [GTLD-WG] Reflections on registry agreement renewals

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Wed May 8 10:54:07 UTC 2019

An interesting question John. One that - notably but not only -Evan and I
have kicked around for awhile in numerous conversations over the years.

It is this matter of identifying a subject transaction and fencing what you
call 'speculation'.

While I can find good reasons to apply reasonable restrictions to use, I
struggle with the notion of restrictions on pricing that would not offend
my sense of equity.

The origination of the domain name market makes it even more difficult to
find comfort advocating caps for second market transactions where choice
exists in the market.


On Mon, 6 May 2019, 1:47 am John Laprise, <jlaprise at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Thoughts?
> Sent from my Pixel 3XL
> John Laprise, Ph.D.
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