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Re: [ga] Fictitious Registrars, Racketeering & ICANN

  • To: Hugh Dierker <hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx>, ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: [ga] Fictitious Registrars, Racketeering & ICANN
  • From: Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 06:43:18 -0800 (PST)
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While 20 million deleted .com names can give you a
macro perspective, sometimes there is value in the
micro perspective.  Have a look at these domains:


Karl Auerbach wrote a nice piece in his blog
(proposing a solution to this problem) -- see

--- Hugh Dierker <hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Well Danny smite me. You have never talked out of
> school. And you got some impressive stats here
> feller. I am just about ready to take a buck from
> about half them 20 mil and sue the holy crappola out
> of their registrars. But perhaps anger should be
> cooled and then brought back to simmer. If you get
> my drift.
>   I want Jefsey, Joop and Sotiris and Jeff to advise
> if you are on all fours. If these men concur, then i
> be hellbent. And i have been called the meanest
> junkyard dog this side of Nova Scotia. Via con Dios
> mi Amigo, for this fight is irretractable.
>   Finally you found some value to fight for, and in
> the understanding of Chris i will respond. Thanks
> bro.
>   Dr. Dierker
>   PS. As my friend Lincoln i am saddened by the
> truths you revele. But truth is worth dying for.
> Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>   Eric,
> Bruce Tonkin on the registrars list states:
> "During October 2005, there was a total of
> 43,228,923
> .com names under management (up from 42,541,300 in
> the
> previous month), however in that
> single month 20,580,207 .com names were deleted. I
> would presume that most of the 20 million deletions
> occurred during the 5 day add-grace period. It is
> also
> interesting to note that some registrars have many
> more deletions than they have names under
> management."
> What we are witnessing is registrar collaboration
> with
> the domain monetizing industry at an unprecedented
> scale. Domains are being tested for their traffic
> potential by these registrars, and domains that have
> a
> high traffic potential (such as those that are
> typosquatting on trademarked names) are then being
> registered. When coupled with 
> parking-page-semantic-association techniques used by
> firms such as hitfarm.com and others, these parked
> domains given rise to automated trademark
> infringement, cybersquatting and service mark
> counterfeiting as illustrated in the commentary
> provided by Transamerica's Bruce McDonald. See
> Bruce McDonald has stated: "If it is determined that
> concealment and deception involving the true
> ownership
> of Internet domain names is the ordinary course of
> business of ICANN-accredited registrars who
> have colluded to misappropriate and counterfeit the
> names, trademarks and service marks of other parties
> in their registration and use of Internet domain
> names, then it is Transamerica?s position that such
> conduct represents the predicate act for a pattern
> of
> illegal business activity within the meaning of the
> Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
> ("RICO") provisions of the Organized Crime Control
> Act
> of 1970, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-1968 (1982)."
> Bruce has raised some serious questions that warrant
> straight-forward answers:
> 1. Are registrars speculating in domain names? Do we
> need a policy to address such speculation?
> 2. Are registrars directly involved in
> cybersquatting
> activities?
> 3. Are registrars utilizing anonymizing services to
> conceal their role in cybersquatting activities?
> 4. Are registrars guilty of colluding to
> misappropriate and counterfeit the names, trademarks
> and service marks of other parties in their
> registrations?
> The domain monetizing industry is fast becoming a
> billion dollar enterprise. If this industry is
> responsible for promoting cybersquatting on a
> massive
> scale, then ICANN as coordinator of the DNS must
> take
> some action against to deal with this threat (all
> the
> moreso if its own registrar community is
> implicated).
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