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[ NNSquad ] Re: Washington Post: "Rush is on for custom domain name suffixes"
They bet on getting sued? They are the ones claiming everything has been invented by naively assuming that the names should be globally unique with no social context. Very different from trademarks. The BS level is stunning. -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Lauren Weinstein Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2011 22:06 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [ NNSquad ] Washington Post: "Rush is on for custom domain name suffixes" Washington Post: "Rush is on for custom domain name suffixes" http://bit.ly/haVipr (Google Buzz) - - - http://bit.ly/harwe8 (Washington Post) Lauren Weinstein, co-founder of People for Internet Responsibility, a grass-roots firm in Los Angeles, alleges that the new domains are designed purely to make money for ICANN and the companies that control the domains. The new Web addresses, he added, will only mean more aggravation for trademark holders and confusion for the average Internet user. Peter Dengate Thrush, chair of the ICANN board of directors, argued that the high application fee is based on the nonprofit's bet that it's going to get sued, and to protect against cybersquatters or other organizations ill equipped to manage an entire domain of hundreds, if not thousands of Web sites. "These critics are the same kind of people who said at the end of the 19th century that everything that's been invented has been invented," Thrush said. "Our job is to protect competition and give extra choices for consumers and entrepreneurs." - - - --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (email@example.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org Founder: - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenweinstein Google Buzz: http://bit.ly/lauren-buzz Quora: http://www.quora.com/Lauren-Weinstein Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com