[discuss] elephant in the room
Milton L Mueller
mueller at syr.edu
Tue Mar 18 01:21:17 UTC 2014
You are raising some great points. As did David Johnson's brilliant post that started this thread.
Some comments below:
>The question is: how has USG oversight prevented this?
>In fact, the USG has used the fact that Verisign falls under
>US jurisdiction to "seize" hundreds of domain names,
>making them inaccessible not only in the US but throughout
>the world. Did Verisign or ICANN protest?
ICANN, no. The registries, yes. Verisign is perhaps the least likely to do so, but PIR (.org) has often resisted being used as a regulatory intermediary, and I know that none of the registries like it.
> Verizon, instead of protesting this being made into law
> through COICA, asked for "a limit on the number of domain-
> name seizures the DOJ could ask for before ISPs are paid for the
> cost of compliance".
Hey, raising the costs of such things is a very, very important way of limiting it.
> And under USG oversight ICANN has created a system where
> trademark owners get privileged access to some domain names
> regardless of the free speech considerations involved.
One could actually say, "under U.S. _instructions_ ICANN has created a system...."
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