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Re: [registrars] PersonalNames.com


I believe the RC should indeed take heed hear. Not because PersonalNames
itself is such a threat, the .NAME name space isn't making anyone a stack
of cash is it? But the concept is certainly disconcerting.

And PersonalNames isn't setting any real precedent. We already have
NSI/VGRS and there are other members of this constituency who are involved
in both the registrar and registry side of things.

I think Ross has the right idea as to how to approach this for now. He
recently proposed we institute some new qualifications for membership in
the RC. I would prefer to continue to pursue that for now, and not get
involved in actions that will not likely result in anything positive. We
cannot pursue PersonalNames without involving the NSI/VGRS issue, and that
issue has already been driving around the block a few times.


 -------- Original Message --------
   Subject: Re: [registrars] PersonalNames.com
   From: Jim Archer <jarcher@registrationtek.com>
   Date: Fri, February 7, 2003 2:41 am
   To: Registrars Mail List <registrars@dnso.org>

   Some participants on this list have expressed a concern about the
   existence  of PersonalNmaes.com.  We share that concern and are also
   troubled by the  precedent set.

   As the EU has a particularly strong anti-trust organizations, both for
   the  EU and each country, we have decided after some research that the
   best  course of action, as a start, is to file a number of complaints.

   I think the RC itself should consider filing a complaint.
   PersonalNames.com clearly has an unfair competitive advantage, as they
    themselves note on their web site.  Also, the pricing they offer --
   which  we can not offer until Feb 15th -- seems a particularly legal

   As the establishment and accreditation of this company is an immediate
   and  serious threat to the continued existence of the entire registrar
   industry,  I feel we should stand together on this to make a strong
   stand.  If we  don't hang together, we shall surely hang separately.


   --On Tuesday, January 28, 2003 11:38 AM -0500 Rob Hall
   <rob@momentous.com>  wrote:

   > It seems that the Global Name Registry has decided to start selling
   > domains to end users directly.
   > Check out www.personalnames.com .

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