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Open and closed registries
NSI now proposes the new term goTLD for Generic Open
Top Level Domain, see http://netsol.com/policy/icann427/,
and provide the following definition:
"an Internet Top Level Domain zone constituted by records
where the subsidiary domains are globally available and
fully self-defining for identification, branding, and
expression purposes on an exclusive basis by any party".
Language is included with the purpose to legitimate this
But they proposes other criteria for defining classes of
"All open and competing TLDs (both ccTLDs and goTLDs) face
similar policy issues and should be subject to the same
With 'open' they understand 'those [registries ?] that impose
requirements to comply with and be subject to local national
laws on all registrants and sub-delegates (closed ccTLDs) and
others that, in effect, compete for customers on a global basis.'
1. How can NSI define the policy for COM, NET, ORG when every
(new) registrar can have its own policy ?
2. Local law of the location of the registry is usually applicable
when a registrant enters a contract with a registry
(as example see http://www.nic.ch/policy_04.htm, para. 26)
but still can be open to registrants outside such a
3. Competition: there are many ccTLD's that do not intend to
compete in any way, namely not financially, with any other
but still can be open to to registrants outside their
territory. In fact, NSI ist the only _relevant_ registry
with the purpose of getting revenues as high as possible.
Please compare number of registrations when in doubt or
refer to NSI's own wording: "Although the goTLDs represent
only 3 of the current 249 TLD zones, the user-friendly policies
for business, organizations, and individuals and marketing
initiated by Network Solutions has resulted in these 3 zones
encompassing 52 percent of all Internet host names (Lottor,
Jan 1999)." Who is competing here ?