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ICANN is receiving mixed messages from the US government over its plans to dramatically expand the number of top-level domains available on the internet. The Federal Trade Commission on Friday became the highest-profile objector to the so-called new gTLDs program, saying it threatens to increase fraud and phishing. "A rapid, …


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  1. PyLETS

    Anyone want to use my new root DNS server ?

    It'll have all the same zone records for all the TLDs you are used to, but none of the new ones sold to organisations which represent no wider Internet community. How to pay for it ? Oh I guess I could include a paid for advert whenever I get a hit on a TLD which isn't a known trademark, and state my policy not to resolve it whenever I get a hit on a TLD which is a known trademark. Guess I'd get too much interest from hostile lawyers otherwise.

    Some users might find this more secure, as it will never resolve internal single label names to external addresses.

    Copyright infringement suit from ICANN ? Well maybe, but I guess I could locate the business somewhere with sensible copyright precedents where well known public knowledge doesn't belong to anyone.

  2. Graham Marsden
    Big Brother

    "totalitarian regimes...

    "... that want to orchestrate a governmental takeover of internet regulation."

    Well we don't know of any of those, do we, boys and girls?!

  3. sabba

    nice little revenue stream this

    Of course I am sure it is have never even occurred to them but the more top level domains, the more each company or domain needs to payout to retain exclusivity of their brand or name.

    Am I perhaps being cynical?

    Can't wait for that should confuse the ladies of the Women's Institute.

  4. Gannon (J.) Dick
    Unhappy loves you

    But as you all know, it's a love that dare not speak its name because if it did Law Enforcement would have to call what large multi-nationals do "Fraud" instead of "Innovation", and they'd have to pay taxes on offshore earnings, and they'd have to obey Asian Labor Laws, and they'd have to drown kittens, lots of kittens.

    Pay no attention to ICANN and IANA, think of the kittens.

  5. MacGyver
    IT Angle

    Well off the top of my head, why not make TLD represent the location of the trademark.

    So would become a link site listing coke.usa or/and coke.china, and if there is a further dispute in the country (different trademarks for different markets), make it split, and make the coke.usa site only list the links to the parties in dispute, and add a descriptive TLD, so coke.usa would list coke.usa|drink and coke.usa|porn both next to their registered trademarks (and yes I added the | on purpose, it would only be allowed once in an address and only between country and description). Then there is no confusion as to which site you are looking for. That way any link can be checked simply by going back to the root, and walking it out from there. (Those that aren't interested in checking a link the first time can get what they deserve). The TLDs become a sort of indexing method, and the iCANNs and IANAs would be forced to maintain the link sites as-well. It's the least they can do after they were given the right to print money by the governments.

    That's just my idea, anyone could implement it at anytime, as an alternate DNS.

    The current way is kind of stupid, like a first come first served, unless your not as popular or don't have the biggest lawyer, or if someone thinks your a scammer, or you're a fan-site and the the thing you are a fan about doesn't like you, other than that, first come first served.

    I'm off to "derp!"

  6. Neoc

    Never understood...

    I never quite understood how ICANN turned a request for a handful of new gTLDs became a free-for-all landgrab...

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