This is a Guest Post by Seb
ICANN is opening the door to a huge mess for companies of all size, SMBs to Fortune 500.
Companies were used (should i say forced) to register their company name and brands in all new extensions ICANN would come up with : .eu / .mobi / .asia.
These are nothing but defensive registrations, mostly not resolving or simply redirecting to the .com corporate site.
On top of that, multinational companies faced an even bigger challenge registering, managing (or fighting for) their name and brands in all cctlds (248 of them).
With several hundred new extensions launched, there are two options:
1/ SMBs will give up their fight for defensive registrations. It would cost some of them more than what they earn on an annual basis !
2/ Legal departments of bigger companies are pretty upset and will start suing ICANN en masse
I can tell you that this door ICANN has tried to open yesterday is not opened yet, it could even end up slamming in their face.
Their plan is to flood the cyberspace with new extensions, i can already see them flooded with lawsuits.
They know it and that’s probably why they wanted to move to Switzerland
As to Fortune 500 giving up their com identity (they’ve spend millions branding) to move to their own dot, (like .ebay or .intel) that just won’t happen.
Being your own registry puts you in too much trouble for no reward at all.
It requires employees with huge technical skills working 24/7 and costs a fortune, probably a million dollars a year or more.
Why would any company pay that price when you can get a much safer web presence for….let me think about it….JUST $8.95 PER YEAR, under both Verisign’s umbrella and your registrar’s umbrella ?
If you go for it, you’ll then have to deal with pirates constantly trying to hack and put your registry down.
Can you imagine .eBay without website or email access for 24 hours ?
(By the way, email address would look very ugly : email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org )
If your registry is being hacked, the world will be watching to see if you can get away with it and how long it takes you to get out of that mess.
With your company dotcom, it’s very unlikely a hack will happen and if does, you’ll let Verisign deal with it and your company reputation will be safe.
If you’re selling things on the internet, running a registry is definitely not your job and it’s not worth dedicating resources to it.
I sincerely hope this proposal coming out of nowhere can still be opposed by the congress or any other entity.
Time to start lobbying for everyone, brand owners and domain name owners, all united for once…
Because ICANN is also opening the door to a huge mess for companies (or individuals) having invested large amounts of money in internet real estate.
One side was not enough, domain owners are now being attacked on both sides of the dot.
We were questionably accused of cybersquatting, trademark infringement and dilution by brand owners for generic one word dictionary names on the left side of the dot.
Now ICANN wants to dilute the value of our intellectual property assets by allowing anyone to create a whole registry squatting on our domain names.
Time to create a UDRrp = uniform dispute Registry resolution policy for domain name owners squatted on the right of the dot ?
I know ICANN thought about his wallet by auctioning registries if several parties are interested in running them.
We’re not interested.
I’ll sue ICANN for every new registry proposal that moves the left of any of our domains to the right of the dot (mydomain.com / .mydomain) on the ground of dilution of our intellectual property assets.
I encourage everyone to do so.
Rick Schwartz should if someone wants a .candy or a .property
Escom should more than anyone because .sex will be first in line.
With 21 tlds and 248 cctlds owners who all use the same name on the left of the dot, that’s 269 possibilities for ICANN to be sued FOR EACH new tld application !!!
There’s a lot of easy money to be made from ICANN and their new naming proposal coming out of nowhere and changing all the established rules.
I’m sure a big law firm will be interested in representing all of us in a class action.
Guess what : ICANN spent $10M of our own hard earned money (you know, the ICANN fee we pay for every domain registration and renewal) to produce this thing that might put us all in trouble !
Isn’t it sweet and marvelous ?
There should have been less domain names today.
Historically, when the DNS was created, DNS fathers thought sub-domains would be much more widely used.
That means registrars were supposed to sell lots and lots of sub-domains and only a few domains.
We all know what it looks like today.
But it seems selling domains with a $0.20 fee per domain per year (even with a record number of domain names) was definitely not enough for ICANN.
The great idea is that there was more money to be made in selling a thousand registries at $100,000 each or more.
On top of that, it doesn’t hurt if you can still charge a $0.20 fee per domain on these new registries
What’s next to improve ICANN’s budget so that they can show their muscles to Verisign next time the .COM contract comes up for renewal ?
Well, i suggest ICANN should give someone the key to all tld registries (including the thousand new ones) for one billion per year.
ICANN, you’d better buy a large umbrella as it’s going to rain very hard on you, i feel there’s a storm with very dark clouds just above your head.
It’s coming from every direction.
It won’t get any better when the first registry collapses, leaving a few thousand registrants (people thinking they finally found a great domain name) without any website or email for their business