ICANN asks FTC to investigate .sucks controversy

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ICANN asks FTC to investigate .sucks controversy

Post by John Q. Public » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:41 am

The group that oversees the Internet's naming and address system on Thursday asked the Federal Trade Commission to review whether any laws have been broken in the roll out of a new .sucks domain.

Currently, only trademark holders and celebrities may register Internet addresses ending in .sucks at a cost of more than $2,000 per name. Once the early registration period ends, ordinary people will be able to register .sucks names for as little as $10 in June.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit that sets policies for the global domain name system, said in a letter to the FTC and Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs that companies have complained the system is "predatory, exploitive and coercive."

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Lessee.... You can buy your .sucks domain for $2,000 now or you can wait a month or two and let some crazy guy with a grudge against you have it. Nah! That's not extortion or anything.

Whether it's been innocently or not, ICANN's been running that scam since they figured out that copyright holders were having to buy both their .com and .net domains. Then they brought out .biz, .info, .us, .whatever... until people just started giving up. Even at $10 a pop for the cheaper TLDs, that can run into some money. And in most cases the domains aren't even used, other than as a redirect to the owner's .com address.

I considered buying my .net and/or .org years ago when domains were around $100 a year but I decided I had better uses for the money. Never considered any of the later ones, but I imagine a lot of actual businesses have had to shell out considerable cash just to protect their copyrights. I'm surprised nobody's seriously called ICANN on it.
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Re: ICANN asks FTC to investigate .sucks controversy

Post by MDDad » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:50 am

It was also announced in the paper this morning that a .porn domain has become available, and celebrities are gobbling up sites for the same preemptive reasons. I guess there's no limit on how to make a quick buck if you're sleazy enough.

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Re: ICANN asks FTC to investigate .sucks controversy

Post by John Q. Public » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:26 am

Probably the same with .xxx a couple years ago. And I kind of doubt many of them are actually being used. People expect .com, .org or ,gov and that's about it. Even .net is secondary in most people's minds, so developers will go with a 20-letter .com address over a shorter name with one of the newer TLDs. The others are good for having a "presence" with the search engines or as something to link to from your Facebook page but not much more.
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Post by Fordama » Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:11 pm

It does seem that something is inherently wrong with the idea of .sucks.

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Re: ICANN asks FTC to investigate .sucks controversy

Post by John Q. Public » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:00 pm

Hmmmmmm. But I'm thinking... Hillary puts up the 2000 bucks and then puts the domain up for auction.... I'm sure somebody out there would pay a pretty penny for that one.

Personally, I think I'll wait for the combo pack of Servite.sucks and MD.sucks. :mrgreen:
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Post by MDDad » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:20 pm

Fordama wrote:It does seem that something is inherently wrong with the idea of .sucks.
It would seem so at first glance, but we have people here it would fit like a glove.

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Re: ICANN asks FTC to investigate .sucks controversy

Post by John Q. Public » Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:10 pm

It does kind of seem like anything except "housework.sucks" and the like would create great opportunities for our friends in the legal profession.
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Re: ICANN asks FTC to investigate .sucks controversy

Post by Troglodyte » Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:17 am

Probably was "our friends in the legal profession" who started the .sucks thing to begin with.
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