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[wg-b] Register.com auto-reg's TMs in all domains, ICANN a customer

According to http://www.newsbytes.com/pubNews/99/140785.html
registre.com will now automatically register a domain name in over
260 TLDs at once for TM holders willing to pay the fee.

I'm assuming this includes all ccTLDs as well.

Oh, and get this:

"On an interesting side note, the powerful and controversial Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is also technically
a Register.com Corporate Services client - although only because of
the volume of domain names it maintains.

ICANN President Mike Roberts told Newsbytes that ICANN did select
Register.com to renew a number of domain names that ICANN maintains,
but stressed that ICANN's business relationship with the young
registrar goes no further than that."

So, we have pre-emptive protection of trade and famous marks by fiat.
We also have ICANN implicitly supporting this.

What implications does this have for this WG?

Mark C. Langston
Systems Admin
San Jose, CA