ICANN - the self-crowned internet king -
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.... THE BAD WITCH ICANN

by Judith Oppenheimer.

  Judith Oppenheimer is a noted toll free number and domain name expert; president of http://1800theexpert.com/, and publisher of http://icbtollfree.com/, where you can register for ICB's free daily news headlines service here: http://www.icbtollfree.com/reg.cfm?NextURL=Index.cfm. Copyright (c) 2000 ICB, Inc. All rights reserved.

Once upon a time, a domain name was a secure piece of virtual real estate that you could confidently build a business on.

 
...and the people were happy.

Then Network Solutions sought to shore up its assertion of list ownership by adding revocation to its domain name contract when it decreed that, "The registrant agrees that Network Solutions shall have the right in its sole discretion to revoke, suspend, transfer or otherwise modify a domain name registration upon thirty (30) calendar days prior written notice."

  ...and the people were sad.
Then the Good Witch ICANN waved her magic wand and said, "I will bring competition to the land, and Network Solutions will rule no more..."
  ...and the people were hopeful.

Then the Proclamation of Competition was issued, the people were aghast! Instead of competition with Network Solutions, they found apparent copulation with Network Solutions! For how else could the bad seed of revocation have spread and multiplied!

  Domain Bank said, "You also agree that Domain Bank shall have the right in its sole discretion to revoke, suspend, transfer or otherwise modify a domain name registration upon seven (7) calendar days prior written notice."
  Even Register.com said, "You also agree that register.com shall have the right in its sole discretion to suspend, cancel, transfer or otherwise modify a domain name registration upon seven (7) calendar days prior written notice."
  A+Net/ABACUS America, Inc. (United States) dba Names4Ever insisted that, "The registrant agrees that A+Net shall have the right in its sole discretion to revoke, suspend, transfer or otherwise modify a domain name registration upon thirty (30) calendar days prior written notice"
  NameSecure proclaimed that, "You agree that we may, in our sole discretion, delete or transfer your domain name at any time."
 

The people read and they read, and they said, "Domain Bank is no safe depository ... Register.com looks more like rip-off.com, and NameSecure and Names4Ever are neither!"

How did this come to pass, they asked. The people dug and they dug, and they found that the Witch ICANN said it must be so!
By dead of night, she'd snuck in the Registrar Accreditation contracts, jumped over the process of public discussion, public comment, consensus decision-making, greased her broom and flew straight to Contractual Obligations, where she decreed:
"The SLD holder shall agree that its registration of the SLD name shall be subject to suspension, cancellation, or transfer by any ICANN procedure, or by any registrar or registry administrator procedure approved by an ICANN-adopted policy, (1) to correct mistakes by Registrar or the registry administrator in registering the name or (2) for the resolution of disputes concerning the SLD name." (ICANN Registrar Accreditation Policy, "Business Dealings, Including with SLD Holders")
The people were fooled! The 'Good' Witch ICANN was the 'Bad' Witch ICANN in sparkly clothes and a bad weave!
Now the people are sad and angry too. And have decreed that a house must fall upon the Bad Witch ICANN's head!
  To http://www.delphi.com/domainwatch/start, they shouted, to http://www.tldlobby.com/ and http://www.applyatlarge.com/, "lets get our domain names returned to our safekeeping at once, so the world can be free and happy, once more."
  The End.
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