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Yes, I know it is a featured home page discussuion however I guess, like me, many are bookmarked to come straight here.
This requires your very urgent reading, meaning NOW!
After Monday 28th it may be too late...you may not have a domain name to renew at affordable rates.
It appears that registry pricing is no longer about the costs of running the central registry as a public trust. It's more about the central registry - and ICANN - getting in on the game. You no longer will have to worry about desirable domains falling into the hands of domain speculators. Now, under the new (proposed) system EVERY domain will be in the hands of speculators - even the ones you already "own". Guess how much you will have to pay to renew your domain in the future - because that's all you will know about your own domains renewal costs. It will be a guess, forever hereafter, if this goes through. BS.
Build those domains! Raise their value. ICANN needs to pay for a few more conferences in Tahiti. ICANN likely needs to create many more "make work" jobs for relatives so the money has to come from somewhere.
[edited by: Webwork at 3:08 pm (utc) on Aug. 26, 2006]
Just renewed all my .com domains 3 weeks ago for ten years.
Did you read all the way through?
I'm still trying to digest the various implications of it all however a blanket renewal may not be secure enough.
This could have serious implications to all AdSensers, maybe Google will care to comment somewhere?
August 28th is the last date that ICANN will be taking public comments.
Send your comments to all 3 email addresses listed at the above link, for all 3 contracts.
You will need to click on a link in an email ICANN will send to authenticate your email. If you fail to authenticate your email your comments will not be included in the the record.
If the central registry believes the annual value - annual registration value - of Example.info (History.info?) is $100,000.00 then that will be the cost that any and all domain registrars will have to charge for registering or renewing Example.info - plus the registrar's mark-up. Remember: It's not a purchase price, it's an annual lease cost.
This will change .info, .biz and .org to pricing a la .TV - where some domains are held for $100,000+.
Once ICANN is cut loose from oversight by the U.S. Department of Commerce what are the chances that the same variable pricing for .Com and .Net will follow?
It will happen. If the logic/rules attach to .Org or .Biz the same will clearly be applied by ICANN - once it is on its own.
[edited by: Webwork at 4:13 pm (utc) on Aug. 26, 2006]
In this case, since you won't know a domain names renewal fee until the charge is levied do you think you have control of "your property", or as the headling suggests - you've got nothing until ICANN tells you you do?
ICANN: "Mr. zCat, we hereby advise you that the cost to continue as registrant of your website address will be $12,575.25."
Mr. zCat: "Ummm . . but it's my website . . and all those inbound links . . and branding . . and . . "
This will get nightmarish for many, many people if it goes through. The illusion that you have ownership and control over your web identity and web address will start to vaporize.
Oh, you think that you will simply renew your domain for X years ahead? That's a nice idea but it assumes that the rules of the game won't allow the registry to impose "actual applied costs" on top of the extension costs.
Did you ever pay a surcharge? Did you ever pay an extra "administrative fee"? Of course it's not a tax or a charge. It's something else.
My trust of ICANN - a body that has been subject to doubt for awhile - has just flown out the window. This proposal is a radical change, yet the public awareness that has been brought to the issue by ICANN is NIL. Nada.
Do you think ICANN feels any particular fondness for .com or .net?
Do you want to wait until ICANN acts as an entirely autonomous body to find out?
[edited by: Webwork at 4:27 pm (utc) on Aug. 26, 2006]
Such a dramatic shift in policy and so little public notice.
ICANN konws better I guess. "Ssshhhh. Don't wake the world. We're in control now . . "
Frightening. Be afraid. You really don't know if you own or control your domain until you get your renewal surprise bill.
"Surprise! It's going to cost you $2,500.00 to maintian your identity this year. Please send your check within 10 days or you will lose your domain, in which case we'll automatically redirect the domain to the central registry's servers - as we have been instructed to do by ICANN, at which time the central registry will place PPC ads on the domain's new landing page, and we'll all (ICANN, the central registry and us, your registrar) will split the proceeds. Have a nice day."
You don't think something like that is in the offing?
You trust ICANN?
Sure, just like you trusted ICANN to give you notice and opportunity to comment about such a dramatic change in the domain name system - so you could comment and have some input about how they handle the public trust of the domain name system.
IF this can happen to .org and .info then .com and various other ccTLDs are certain to follow. This attempted sweeping change in policy will effect every single domain holder sooner or later. People need to wake up and sign in and make their voices heard now. If you don't burn down the house now - by filing a statement with ICANN by Monday August 28th - it may well be your house burnt to the ground in the future.
Everyone of you.
"Surprise . . . $1,250 . . .
[edited by: Webwork at 5:05 pm (utc) on Aug. 26, 2006]
Here's a sample of unregistered .tv domains and the annual - that's yearly - price to register them (or renew them):
Import.tv - $1000/year
Export.tv - $2000/year
Doll.tv - $1000/year
Home.tv - $50,000/year
Webmaster.tv - $5,000/year
Dallas.tv - $10,000/year
Medical.tv - $20,000/year
Baby.tv - $30,000/year
That's the current, undeveloped, annual price. It's not a "pay this price and it's yours to keep" price. I'm not sure where they're getting their "this is what we should charge" information but I guess in the future you may all be facing this reality.
If you sit on your hands.