Saturday, August 26, 2006

Freedom to charge any amount for domain names

Read the proposed contracts at:

http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-2-28jul06.htm

Registries can start charging differential/tiered pricing on a domain-by-domain basis would not be forbidden under the .biz/info/org proposed contracts. This means that the registries could charge $100,000/yr for sex.biz, $25,000/yr for movies.org, etc. if they wanted to -- it would not be forbidden the way the proposed contracts are currently written. This would represent a powerful pricing weapon for registries, and a fundamental shift in possible domain name pricing, that could lead them to emulate .tv-style price schedules.

This is totally against the way the internet was supposed to work. For the millions of small business that started on the internet this is omnious.

Feel free to spread the word on the mailing lists or media, and contact Vint (vint AT google.com) or John Jeffrey (jeffrey AT icann.org) or other ICANN staffers if you want to confirm things and voice your concerns. Time is of the essence, as the public comment period ends next Monday. Registrants DO NOT know what is coming (the public comment board is almost empty), as it's the summer holidays! (typical ICANN tactic, introduce 500+ page contracts for public comment when everyone is on holiday)

Read detailed post at http://www.webmasterworld.com/domain_names/3059492.htm

Public comments can be sent using the addresses at:

http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-2-28jul06.htm

(be sure to send to all 3 email addresses for all 3 contracts, and also click the link in the email ICANN will send you to authenticate your email address, otherwise your comment doesn't get received)
Post a Comment