POSTED ON ARTICLE COMMENT.. NOT REALLY RELEVANT TO THE ARTICLE BUT OH WELL HERE IT IS (After reading I realize it is 4 am and I need sleep) ... ;)
Here’s my take on it all. Domain names can NEVER be property because they have to be RENEWED or else they die.
You CANNOT compare a domain name to a HOUSE or LAND because if you own LAND then it is not going anywhere if you don’t RENEW it next year.
What if we lived in a WORLD where once you purchase a domain name it is YOURS forever? Of course, it would cost MUCH more than $10 per year or Network Solutions crazy $35 per year. Well, that would never happen because the REGISTRARS need to get THEIR money every year.
Everyone and their brother is buying domains, MOST of which never do anything with it, atleast not on any kind of SUCCESSFUL scale. Why? Because it’s ONLY $10..
Why are their so many useless parking page websites? Because they are only $10..
Why oh why? Because it’s VIRTUAL baby! I can’t afford the life I live now but for $10 I can have a .com with 3 hyphens that makes no sense.
Why have they SOLD so many .tels, .info’s, .booboo’s ? Because everyone wants a piece of this PIE that you can’t even put in your mouth. Because we are hoping for something VIRTUALLY that we cannot have in REALITY.
What happens if someone owns a domain name then dies? Then their credit card that was set to auto-renew does NOT auto renew because the card is expired because of death.. All the years SPENT on building the site…down the drain and SCOOPED UP by someone that will put a parking page there and make 30 cents per click from Google. Just like that. No if’s ands or buts.
DOMAINS ARE NOT REAL they are a figment of our imagiNETion.
Domains need DEEDS and they need to be bought for life not for 365 day increments.
And yes, I know you can buy them for up to 10 years but really who does that? You might EXPIRE BEFORE YOUR DOMAIN NAME DOES!
Domain Name Speculators are just that. They SPECULATE that they can place a worth on a location in cyberspace, the real final frontier. And who falls for this? People that USE AOL EMAIL ADDRESSES for important things like Domain Name registration! For shame.. For “REAL”.. not virtually, for real!
Now I am off to buy a hyphenated .info for $1.99 on special YAY!