August 23, 2002

Radio Free Chaos

Blog Note re: duplicates comments below - Radio is acting wonky. Not only did it duplicate two of the posts below that were posted via email, but it also decided to reverse order the comments. "The Deed is Done" should actually precede the "Lawful models" comments. I'll fix things when I get home. Sigh. Update: I've since removed the duplicate post. Apologies to anyone that might have been linking to one or the other posts. Now I just have to live with the odd ordering of the two posts below concerning the WLS. Sigh.
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Thoughts on the WLS and Consensus

Thomas Roessler is asking "Are the existing business models lawful? Can current expired-domain registration services compete without registrars violating their accreditation agreements by letting others control "their" transactions with the registry?" The fact is that *some* of the business models surrounding dropped names capture is in accordance with the various operating contracts of registries - and some are not. Denying or approving the WLS based on some perceived (or actual) behaviours by a subset of contracted parties is not what the board should be engaging in. Rather, they need to pull back and make a decision that is consistent with ICANN's mandate as described in the Principles set forth in the DOC MoU.

[Completely Unrelated Sidebar: Whether or not the WLS is approved or not by the board today is one question, however I'm still amazed at the level of misinformation that has crept into the discussion. This is only important insofar as it effects the consensus process. If the participants do not possess accurate information, then they cannot develop an informed position on the subject. If the position they hold is not informed, then they will not be able to compromise (ie - work to achieve consensus) on the appropriate points. This ineffective negotiation will consistently produce inappropriate policies.]

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WLS Approved by ICANN Board

The deed is done. What I immediately found strange about the wording of the resolution was the statement that "The WLS shall be offered for a trial period of twelve months, with subscriptions offered for a one-year term so that they last no longer than one year past the end of the trial period...". If the WLS is being offered on a trial basis, for a period of 12 months, how would VGRS fulfill subscriptions in year two if the trial doesn't move beyond the initial 12 month period.

Oh I get it, this isn't an issue because there's very little real chance that the trial will be discontinued.

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