Re: [ga] Some issues raised by today's FTC action
Simple answer is no, Danny.
The straight forward legal/moral/wrong question is answered in a whole different
light regarding people who promise you something and then deliver it. Our great
colleagues running the Internationalized domains have always meant what the said
and done what they said.
Your closer analogies would be the telecoms overselling and failing to provide
service, or ICANN pretending to regulate registrars and Verisign and not really
doing it. Even closer is the donations accepted by ICANN when in fact they are
not a public good non-profit. What you should be looking for as the nexus in
these matters is the intent to deceive.
And so the answer to your question is the exact opposite of what you pose. Now
who in this business intentionally deceives to the point of your detrimental
OTOH FTC is political not legal.
(the issue of accreditation is a red herring)
> The action taken by the FTC today to shut down the .usa website raises a
> number of issues. The FTC alleges that the companies involved are not
> accredited domain name registrars, that the ".usa" domain names are not
> usable on the Internet, and that they probably never will be useable.
> Since when did ICANN accreditation become a necessary precondition to
> providing domain name registration services? Is ICANN as a "coordinator" now
> being viewed as a "regulator" by US Government agencies? Are all domains in
> the alternate roots now at risk? On what basis is the claim being made that
> domains not in the legacy root "are not usable on the Internet" and will
> probably never be usable?
> Would this claim be applicable to all the registrations previously sold for
> the internationalized domain names that didn't resolve during last year's
> test-bed period?
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