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[registrars] wls and domain expiraion dates (9/11)

  • To: Registrars List <Registrars@xxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [registrars] wls and domain expiraion dates (9/11)
  • From: Rick Wesson <wessorh@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 23:23:26 -0700 (PDT)
  • Cc: <halloran@xxxxxxxxx>, <twomey@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Sender: owner-registrars@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

While pondering marketing WLS, I realized that for a perfect market in WLS
to arise registrars will need to know the expiration date for all domains
with a potential to be deleted durring the WLS test.

Will the registry be making available a list of all domains deleting in
the next 12 months and their expiration date? If this information is not
available the registrars with many domains (network solutions, tucows,
register.com, melborne it) deleting in that period will have an advantage
over registrars with smaller portfolios. Thus the big players will have an
advantage of pre-knowlege on which domains to market WLS subscriptions

For a complete and fair market to develop all domains and their expiration
dates should be made available at least 30 days before the launch so that
there is enough time to market the WLS subscriptions, for those domains
with a likely hood of expiration in the 12 month period, and other domains
that will be deleted before their expiration date.

Understand that the precedent of a current list of domain pending delete
ensures a fair and level market in deleted domains. logic would follow
that a list current of domains in .com and .net and their expiration date
will be required by registrars marketing WLS.

If this information is not desiminated there could be an increased load in
the registry whois servers as registrar, resellers and speculators mine
the registry whois to obtain the information thus creating an advantage
for those that violate agreements against automated whois queries.

I am not sure that the registry has the authority to desiminate the
information of a registrars domains currently under management and their
respective expiration date as some public companies guard this
information. It is my belief that it should be ICANN that publishes this
data as to remove any liability from the registry.

To prevent whois data mining, unfair and ineffective markets in WLS,
please consider this a formal request for ICANN to publish a list of all
domains in .com and .net and their associated expiration date, to be
published before Sept 11 2003, so that registrars may effectively market
WLS subscriptions in a fair and competitive market.


Rick Wesson
CEO, Alice's Registry, Inc.

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