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Old 25th May 2006, 03:43 PM
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Re: Symbol Domains Under Threat!

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Originally Posted by idn1234
Ok, thanks for that. IDN's, however, were (and are)
promoted in exactly the same manner as 'normal'
(text/number based domains) and no such warning
has ever been given by ICANN that they would or
could ever be deleted. Nor did they originally attempt
(when IDN's first came out) to discriminate between
symbol-based domains and those containing foreign
language scripts.

Ignoring for a moment, the legal rights (incl. rights
through use) that my company has now acquired in
these domains, this latter-day (apparent) desire to
discriminate between IDN's now is ridiculous. If they
do implement IETF's recommendation to 'eliminate'
symbol-based domains then they are acting illegally
and their domain name fraud/negligence/incompetence
will be dealt with in the courts.
All I can say is during the IDN VeriSign testbed, there were explicit warnings all over the place that the names could be deleted in the future.

But like I say, that was VeriSign's own version (bq--) and presumably, since these are now shiny IETF "official" xn-- domains, those warnings no longer apply.

But really, if you have serious money invested in symbol IDNs, then your time (and money) would be best spent talking to an IP lawyer specializing in domains. Venting is fine, but you need to find out the real situation and what your rights are likely to be in the event the cancellation gets scheduled.
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