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ICANN Must Clamp Down On Domain Name Abuse

While Congress continues to consider the merits of so-called Net neutrality, an even more soporific but vital Internet legal issue looms, with ramifications for every business online and every user of the World Wide Web: What is the purpose of the database that contains information on every domain name registrant?

This question is being quietly debated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — the Net's keeper of the all-important addressing system — which is meeting June 26-30 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Today, cybersquatters have rebranded themselves as "domainers," says Doug Isenberg, the author of the article over at CNet News.

Read full story: CNET News

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Re: ICANN Must Clamp Down On Domain Name Abuse Jothan Frakes  –  Jun 21, 2006 1:05 PM PST

First off, there is a workshop in Marrakech about the domain marketplace that folks can submit comments to in advance.

I encourage people, like Doug Isenberg, who want to voice their positions on these matters to submit comments in to that forum so that the voice is heard.

Separately, I am shocked over the term 'Domainer' getting sullied like this in the court of public opinion.

Knowing Doug Isenberg, my jaw hit the desk when I read this particular piece.  I've not known him to exhibit this type of blanket statement or throw such antagonism into the world.

Rather, I've heard him express a very enlightened, methodical and pragmatic view of the world of domain names, with a calm rationale and approach.

This seems completely unlike the Doug Isenberg or the GigaLaw.com website that I have gotten to know.

This is the basis of my shock.

To clarify the term domainer… You'll hear variations on the basic definition because it is largely a tech-slang term like blogger or techie. What a person would hear pretty consistently in the different descriptions of what a 'Domainer' is, would be that a domainer is a domain enthusiast or enlightened user of domain names. 

Sure, some people who are domainers allegedly use the technology in manners that are frowned upon or inappropriate for intellectual property interests or trademark holders.

Don't let the actions of that small segment of the people who have donned the moniker 'Domainer'.

Not every Domainer is an alleged cybersquatter. 

There are more people who call themselves domainers that operate with integrity than there are bad players.

It is just too broad a sword to swing towards a community of enthusiasts in the domain name industry and individual registrants.

I am a domainer.  I am not a cybersquatter.  I don't like the label of domainer getting tainted like this. 

Lets put the shoe on the other foot.

Business Law, Family Law, and Intellectual Property Law are all areas of practice in the legal profession, among many others.

Many folks spend a long number of years of study, working dilligently to obtain their opportunity to take a bar exam and hopefully pass along to become a lawyer.

There are a spectrum of focuses and specializations in the legal profession, is my point.  In that same spectrum are also personal injury attorneys, DUI specialists, and other areas of focus.

Many different attorneys approach their business in many different ways.  I am not an attorney.  I respect most attorneys.  I respect Doug Isenberg. 

I know many wonderful, wise and well educated lawyers that I know operate with the deepest integrity.  Lets call these honorable players.

I have also met attorneys who I am certain would steal a penny from a paper cup at a small child's lemonade stand if they thought it would benefit themselves, and probably sue the child for a paper cut they get stealing it.  Lets call these dishonorable players.

Sure, there are some dishonorable, bad players, and sure, they unfortunately tarnish the profession of being a lawyer. 

Should the world brand the term Lawyer in a negative light, or thrust a stigma on it? 

Maybe I should ask that question differently.

My point is, for those that work hard to build integrity in their profession, does the external labelling offend?

It is my hope that no attorneys were harmed or offended in this example.

I certainly know domainers, like myself, that were offended by the term 'domainer' being overlapped like this.

Re: ICANN Must Clamp Down On Domain Name Abuse fnord  –  Jun 21, 2006 7:48 PM PST

Lookit Jothan Frakes, if you register domain names to resell them that is just plain dumb. I worked for a Sillycon Valley startup back in 1997, crikey that's almost a decade ago, and they owned dozens of really kewl names. I went on afternic and great domains (even met with the president) and tried to flog them. Nuthin' happening. The best, and only, thing we did was get offered $100 for our best name. The bosses upstairs blinked and for all I know they still own it. And now it's much later and you can register just about anything, and moneymize it. Ya right. Just got to find a bigger fool. I kinda like the ring of that domainer word, it's sorta like an M for moron on your forehead. This is all part of the overblown hype that keeps registrars in business and fattens ICANN's coffers. Thanks for playing. And lawyers and domainers, now that works. -g

Re: ICANN Must Clamp Down On Domain Name Abuse John Berryhill  –  Jun 22, 2006 10:13 AM PST

And lawyers and domainers, now that works.

Watch it fnord, I've heard that jerks have rebranded themselves as "lawyers".  There are even conferences catering to them.

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