[NA-Discuss] Fwd: "Domain Protection Racket" Promotion on Network Solutions Home Page
Garth Bruen at Knujon.com
gbruen at knujon.com
Mon Aug 29 18:56:11 UTC 2011
Thanks Beau, interesting as always
From: "Beau Brendler" <beaubrendler at earthlink.net>
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011 2:39 PM
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Subject: [NA-Discuss] Fwd: "Domain Protection Racket" Promotion on Network
Solutions Home Page
> Interesting discussion on the NCSG list sort of pertaining to TLD
> I'm guessing they won't mind me cross-posting it.
> Anybody know these guys?
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> From: Nicolas Adam
> Sent: Aug 28, 2011 5:23 PM
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> Subject: [NCSG-Discuss] Fwd: "Domain Protection Racket" Promotion on
> Network Solutions Home Page
> You'll notice the "Protect Your Brand", in the center. It's not as big
> the criticism below make it to be but it's there.
> Would it be relevant and/or feasible to 'regulate' (read
> encourage/constrain ==> through types of means that i will leave open
> discussion) the way registrar can market those new TLD?
> First, it doesn't look good.
> Second, while i don't think anybody (except perhaps established
> registrars) who are in favor of gTLD expansion have a clear view of
> the emergent system of naming and names will or should be, i am pretty
> sure no-one so disposed would care to advocate that this system should
> establish itself mainly as a protection scheme.
> Is forcing advertising to depart with the protection rhetoric a step
> forward? Is it feasible?
> Just some thoughts.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [ NNSquad ] "Domain Protection Racket" Promotion on Network
> Solutions Home Page
> Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:42:23 -0700
> From: Lauren Weinstein <lauren at vortex.com>
> To: nnsquad at nnsquad.org
> "Domain Protection Racket" Promotion on Network Solutions Home Page
> This "in your face" promotion currently running on the Network
> Solutions home page clearly illustrates how the current top-level
> domains (gTLD) expansion plan is akin to a traditional "Sign up now or
> something bad might, uh, happen to you, buddy!" protection racket.
> http://j.mp/ofrzyv (Lauren's Blog - Screen capture from
> As you can see, there is no concept of community service, social
> responsibility, or even real "value-added" benefits. The promotion
> for two TLDs is explicitly about *protection* -- as in protecting
> yourself from someone else grabbing those domains and making you look
> bad, confusing your customers, and worse -- whether you have any real
> interest in those TLDs or not.
> And this is *only the beginning*, my friends.
> Lauren Weinstein (lauren at vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren
> Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org
> - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org
> - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance:
> - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com
> Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
> Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
> Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren
> Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenweinstein
> Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com
> 1. mailto:lauren at vortex.com
> 2. mailto:nnsquad at nnsquad.org
> 3. http://j.mp/ofrzyv
> 4. mailto:lauren at vortex.com
> 5. http://www.vortex.com/lauren
> 6. http://www.pfir.org/
> 7. http://www.nnsquad.org/
> 8. http://www.gctip.org/
> 9. http://www.vortex.com/
> 10. http://lauren.vortex.com/
> 11. http://vortex.com/g+lauren
> 12. https://twitter.com/laurenweinstein
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