[NA-Discuss] Pre-registrations

Antony Van Couvering avc at avc.vc
Tue Jun 7 01:17:14 UTC 2011

They should just recycle the warning they did in 2000:  http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/icann-pr29sep00.htm.   

See also a more recent blog post (at the very end) at: http://blog.icann.org/2010/02/idn-tlds-pre-registrations-declined-requests-etc/


On Jun 6, 2011, at 4:48 PM, Carlton Samuels wrote:

> So let me see if I understand this.  The closest everyday thing I can relate
> to is like waiting in line for how many hours - and overnight - at the Apple
> store for release of that new Ipad.
> Lessee. Some folks are promoting themselves as place holders in the line for
> new gTLDs.  They are gambling on a few. If you agree for them to hold a
> place for you, they will place an order on your behalf if and when the TLD
> becomes available.
> They say they will charge a fee IF and only IF the shop (the new TLD
> registry) is opened  and IF by the time they get to the point for ordering,
> the goods of interest (the domain name) is still available for purchase.
> So far as we can tell, the offerers are not contracted parties in the
> present ICANN context. And there is no evidence to suggest that they are
> also prospective contracted parties.  Unless one or both attributes are
> proved, it seems to me ICANN has no standing to regulate them.
> If they players belong to either group, I believe this 'pre-registration'
> gambit could be construed as prima facie evidence of an attempt to game they
> system.  This would be enough for the ALAC to advise and for ICANN to take
> punitive measures against the party.
> Otherwise, I'm prepared to accept that like that wildebeest in the herd,
> sometimes the predators will get a few weak ones.   And from the impressive
> numbers already 'pre-registered', there appears to be good 'eatings' on the
> ground.
> In this context, I suspect that the ALAC might ruminate and motion ICANN to
> be above reproach: issue a cya 'caveat emptor' kind of advisory.
> Carlton Samuels
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