alt dns Re: Good Offenses [was Re: deciding which fork in the road to take...]

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Sun Mar 12 2000 - 09:55:04 MST

"Michael S. Lorrey" wrote:
> "Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, 10 Mar 2000, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > The best defense is a good offense.
> > >
> >
> > Ok Mike, if that is the case, what can we do to Network Solutions
> > to convince them that treating people the way they do (like they
> > "own" the domain names), will in the long run come back to bite them.
> >
> > Robert
> The only way to fight that fight is with money. Assuming you have gobs
> and gobs of it, you start your own domain name registration service, and
> get ICANN, or WIPO or whoever it is now that oversees and approves new
> domain name registry services to let you get into the business. Possibly
> create your own new top level domains (rather than .com .net .web, etc.
> use .sys, .inc, .corp, .home, etc....) Once you have done this, sell

Nope, no reason really to try to go through ICANN. No laws preventing
you from setting up your own registry right now. The trick is getting
people's operating systems to utilize your registry. The DNS resolvers
of existing OSs can be setup to check whatever root servers you
like for a resolution, so it is not technically difficult to get
people to use your service. You just have to somehow convince everyone
to setup their computers to do it...

It would be nice to have some kind of system whereby DNS servers
could automatically be notified of new registries, sort of like how
newsgroups are created. The server admin can setup the dns server
to automatically add these new registries, or he can manually ok
them all. I really don't see a reason why not to do this. What is
the logic ICANN is using to not allow as many TLDs as people would

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