Name.Space starts fund raising campaign to take on ICANN
There is a campaign running on Rally.org to help Name.space take on ICANN. On the home page of their campaign it explains what the battle is all about, it seems like Name.space has been running an alternate route and feels like it has claim to .nyc, .sex and a whole host of other extensions.
The company is looking to raise $75,000 and so far has raised a little over $1,400.
From the about page:
NAME.SPACE is suing the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The future of the Internet is at stake – you can make a difference. http://www.thevillager.com/?p=8176
If you don’t like an Internet controlled by a few large corporations that own our data, and place profit and power before liberty and community, support NAME.SPACE v. ICANN.
NAME.SPACE began in 1996, originating and operating over 500 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) sourced from the crowd. Our startup introduced the first real-time TLD registry to create the people’s choice of expressive gTLDs including .art, .book, .film, .green, .music, .now, .nyc, .space, .sucks and more. http://namespace.us/tlds.php
From 1997 to 2000, NAME.SPACE waged an antitrust suit against Network Solutions (NSI) to gain global routing of our domains. NSI broke the law but was given immunity. Our domains remained inaccessible to the majority of the Internet. Still, the public benefited from our work. Our lawsuit precipitated the creation of the registry/registrar market. The price of a domain name dropped from $100 to less than $10, and it lead up to the formation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in late 1998. NAME.SPACE was among the stakeholders who advocated a shared registry system and an open, transparent, democratic organization to coordinate the domain name system. ICANN was supposed to become that body, but in reality the insiders rule. http://namespace.us/about.php
Name.Space alleges that ICANN has conspired to sell our gTLDs at a high price to large Internet companies and domain industry insiders including Amazon, Google, Neustar, and others. This effectively forces us out of business and destroys any chance that our Social Enterprise will provide a public good out of the domain name economy. There is no public good from ICANN, only corporate greed.
By supporting NAME.SPACE through your contribution to our Legal Fund you are casting your vote for NET NEUTRALITY, EQUAL ACCESS, FAIRNESS and DIVERSITY.
Help us raise $75,000 to pay legal fees for our appeal.
A win for NAME.SPACE will sustain public libraries, culture, and community broadband. A win will preserve the rights of citizens to build, own, and operate networks routed over the full Internet, and assure that large corporations cannot exclude others from establishing competitive business models and economies.
A win for NAME.SPACE is a win for the PEOPLE. Help us WIN for YOU.
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