[policy] When Tech Meets Policy...

Chris L. Morrow christopher.morrow at verizonbusiness.com
Tue Aug 14 02:23:11 UTC 2007

On Mon, 13 Aug 2007, David Schwartz wrote:

> > That doesn't make anything criminal or fraud any more than free
> > samples.  If a
> > registrar wants to give a refund, I don't see anything wrong with that.
> It is certainly fraud to take an entire pile of free samples. Domain tasting
> is more like buying a plasma TV to watch the big game and then returning it
> to the store on Monday.

and there's a way stores that care fix this problem: restock fee. Also,
this is a store-by-store policy, not 'all stores world wide, despite their
laws in-country' policy. The difference is more than subtle.

> However, when it's as blatant and obvious as it is now (more tasted domains
> than legitimate registrations), and no policies are made to stop it despite
> it being so easy to do so (simply limit the number of refunded domains to
> 10% of registrations or charge a 20 cent fee for refunded domains), you can
> argue that it's now an understood and accepted practice.

I think that this won't get fixed unless ICANN changes the
policy...Registries don't have any incentive to fix things until then, and
registrars aren't going to get to changing something that's making them
money are they?


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