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VeriSign Increases Domain Name Pricing 94

Posted by Zonk
from the because-it-can dept.
BillGatesLoveChild writes "CNET reports VeriSign has made its move, increasing domain name prices by 7%. From October 15 2007, .com domains will now cost $6.42 (up from $6) and .net domains $3.85 per annum. ICANN had previously voted to support the increase. Despite annual income of $323.4M from .com domain names alone, VeriSign claims it needs the increase to provide "a high level of security and reliability for .com." This increase comes in the face of complaints by customers, registrars and senators alike that VeriSign is abusing its ICANN monopoly. Yet the furrowed brows and promises of senators of investigations have come to nothing, even though the only people seemingly in favor of the monopoly are ICANN and VeriSign. With complaints about the pair running back to 2002, what can we the public do to get our elected representatives to take the great domain name ripoff seriously?"
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VeriSign Increases Domain Name Pricing

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  • Voting Power (Score:5, Insightful)

    by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn.gmail@com> on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:13AM (#18633085) Journal

    Yet the furrowed brows and promises of senators of investigations have come to nothing, even though the only people seemingly in favor of the monopoly are ICANN and VeriSign.
    Kind of reminds me of much ado about Exxonmobil. Say, whatever happened with those congressional hearings about an $8 billion dollar profit for a single quarter? Well, it turns out that over the past 25 years oil companies paid more than $2.2 trillion in taxes (adjusted for inflation). That is more than three times what they earned in profits during the same period.

    This sounds a lot like the same thing, we have one company roughly running some kind of monopoly on something we all kind of take for granted but I'm sure the government and government organizations like ICANN see some pretty big tax kickbacks from Verisign. If another player were to enter the market and *gasp* actually turn it into a competition market, then these taxes might be questioned, challenged & lost! And the consumer might end up spending $2 a year instead of $6! Personally, I think the major companies are the consumers and since I don't ever see myself owning more than one domain name unless I start a company, I don't care.

    With complaints about the pair running back to 2002, what can we the public do to get our elected representatives to take the great domain name ripoff seriously?
    First off, don't call it a 'ripoff' because that makes it sound like $6 would break you. And if you're earning minimum wage in America, that's probably not the case. Instead, press this to your elected officials as a monopoly. And when they put on the show and get all huffy, actually make sure they follow through with it! If they don't, write about it and keep bitching. I think the problem is that not a lot of people own a domain that they have to register, I'm sure the vast majority are owned by companies or businesses and that means less votes. So it's kind of a lost cause because the politicians know that this way A) earns their government money and B) doesn't matter to many voters. But if you could get the elderly to care about this, that would all be null & void because there is no voting power like the aging baby boomers :-)
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by PhxBlue (562201)

      Well, it turns out that over the past 25 years oil companies paid more than $2.2 trillion in taxes (adjusted for inflation). That is more than three times what they earned in profits during the same period.

      And by "paid," you mean, "passed along to consumers without benefit of KY."

      Corporations exist to pass costs to customers and profits to the owners. The American public has paid $2.2 trillion so that the Exxonmobil fatcats could walk away with gold in their pockets. Similarly, the American public's

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Red Flayer (890720)

      Well, it turns out that over the past 25 years oil companies paid more than $2.2 trillion in taxes (adjusted for inflation). That is more than three times what they earned in profits during the same period.

      Source?

      Also, gross profit? Net profit? US profit? Worldwide?

      Keep in mind that corporations are taxed differently than individuals, hugely profitable ones more so.

      Never mind the indirect subsidies the oil industry gets, as well as the indirect costs born by the public (pollution, etc) that aren't fac

    • by qazwart (261667)
      > Kind of reminds me of much ado about Exxonmobil. Say,
      > whatever happened with those congressional hearings
      > about an $8 billion dollar profit for a single quarter?
      > Well, it turns out that over the past 25 years oil companies
      > paid more than $2.2 trillion in taxes (adjusted for inflation).
      > That is more than three times what they earned in profits during
      > the same period.

      Wow! It sounds like ExxonMobil is on the verge of bankruptcy! That is, if they are really paying more in taxes than
    • by eyewhin (944625)
      They paid three times more in taxes than thay made in profit during the same timeframe? GWB, is that you trying to pull a fast one on us AGAIN?

      David
    • Currently GoDaddy is charging $6.95 at the moment for new domains, but $6 of that is going to VeriSign. One of these has a government monopoly. The other doesn't and has to price competitively, yet manages to run a profitable business out of it.

      The Ripoff is that this cozy deal adds up to $340M a year just for the .com names. A few posters say $6 a year isn't much, so we should stop complaining. Personally I'd rather have that money in my pocket than VeriSigns. If those posters don't think $6 is nothing, I'
  • Ripoff? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MindStalker (22827) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `reklatsdnim'> on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:17AM (#18633131) Journal
    Come on, I remember paying $100 bucks a year for a domain. Boohhooo.. 50 cents..

    Cry me a river.

    This is ONLY a concern to the people interested in owning thousands of names.
    Personally we should go back to $100 with a money pot that reinvest $90 of that to infrastructure or something of the sort.
    • Re:Ripoff? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by AchiIIe (974900) on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:22AM (#18633167)
      > This is ONLY a concern to the people interested in owning thousands of names.

      I agree. This increase will not harm people like you and me who own one or two domain names. It will however harm people who buy domains in bulk and do not make use of them. Even worse they try to sell them to you at much higher prices.

      The bottom line: This increase is good for consumers, bad for domain sharks.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by adickerson0 (884626)
        I would like to see something progressive...
        1-5 domains at $5 each
        5-20 domains at $50 for each above 5
        20-80 domains at $500 for each above 20
        80-320 domains at $5,000 for each above 80
        320-1280 domains at $50,000 for each above 320
        1280+ domains at $500,000 for each above 1280

        I don't know the exact numbers but I think this illustrates the point.
        • Genius ... I like your idea! Domain squatting is out of control right now. I'd guess that 90% of domains are held by squatters.
        • Congratulations, you've just created another reason to falsify your domain registration info. Try tracking down those spammers now that they're registering their 100,000 domains under 20,000 different fake identities.
      • by jfengel (409917)
        Word up. This must really be pissing off the domain squatters. They must be one of Verisign's largest sources of income. But they're entirely at the mercy of Verisign's policies. Some accountants at Verisign undoubtedly calculated 7% as the marginal number; any more and some squatters will drop out or drop their most unlikely domains.

        Domain squatting is an utterly vile practice, and anything that drives even a few of them out of business is OK by me.

        (It also pisses off the spammers, and it's neck-and-ne
        • by Asztal_ (914605)
          Seven percent is just the maximum amount Verisign is allowed to increase prices by every year. See http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/29/19 53214 [slashdot.org].
          • by jfengel (409917)
            Which means they'll be raising prices by 7% every year, raising prices higher and higher on the squatters. Fine by me. I can afford $.42 for the half-dozen domains I run. Let them multiply it by 10,000.
        • by rs79 (71822)
          "This must really be pissing off the domain squatters."

          Why?

          They buy domains for $6 and as long as each name makes more than $6 they're happy. Now each domain
          has to make 40 cents more.

          Man. I bet they're all out of business overnight. Not.

          • by jfengel (409917)
            I don't have any details of how their money works, but I suspect that they sell only a tiny fraction of the domains they seize. That's part of the reason negotiations with them begin in the $500 range; they have to make up for the years the domain took to sell and the number of domains that they'll never sell.

            So each domain they sell has to sell not for $.40 additional, but more like 7% of the $500 starting negotiation, or $35, which makes it that much more likely somebody will just get a different name.

            Th
      • I agree. This increase will not harm people like you and me who own one or two domain names. It will however harm people who buy domains in bulk and do not make use of them.

        Oh sure, that's a convenient position to take. First, they came for the domainsquatters, and I did not speak up, because I was not a domainsquatter. Then they came for the ...

        Hm, guess that doesn't scale.
    • Personally we should go back to $100 with a money pot that reinvest $90 of that to infrastructure or something of the sort.

      Problem is that the money rarely goes where you think it's going. Too many people find ways to dip their hands into any revenue stream.
      • Re:Ripoff? (Score:4, Interesting)

        by rs79 (71822) <hostmaster@open-rsc.org> on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:40AM (#18633351) Homepage
        "Personally we should go back to $100 with a money pot that reinvest $90 of that to infrastructure or something of the sort.

        Problem is that the money rarely goes where you think it's going. Too many people find ways to dip their hands into any revenue stream."


        Ah yes, the intellectual infrastruture fund.

        Back when the NSF directed netsol to begin charging for domains (to be more clear, the NSF set the price, not netsol) one third of that $100 was set aside in a fund for "intellectual infrastructure". What is that? People. It was specifically meant to "keep the IETF process pure" - it was meant for workshops, paying for people to attend technical meetings that coiuld not otherwise afford to go and the like.

        My source for this was NSF staffer Don Mitchell whose name you'll find on the early NSF/Netsol contracts.

        People from all over the world paid into this fund for years.

        What happened to it? As a result of lobbying the early ICANN wonks got congress to give it to their pet projects - internet2 which was of benefet only to US universities.

        So lets not do that again shall we?
    • Exactly. The only people I know of that this will impact are domain squatters and spammers who try to buy as many (misspelled) variations on a domain name as possible. This price increase should actually help the internet.
      • Re:Ripoff? (Score:4, Interesting)

        by ScrewMaster (602015) on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:29AM (#18633243)
        I have a couple of domains, and when I first registered them NetSol was the only option. So I pay my $34.95 a year for each of them, and I haven't had any problems of any kind in the ten years or so I've had them. No real reason to switch, and saving thirty or forty bucks a year wasn't worth the effort. I've had friends who saved some money with JumpDomain and RegisterFly, although in both cases they wish they hadn't.
        • by rs79 (71822)
          "So I pay my $34.95 a year for each of them, and I haven't had any problems of any kind in the ten years or so I've had them."

          Same here.

          I have maybe a dozen domains, most of which I've had for over a decade. I leave one or two at netsol and the rest are at 3 or 4 of the largest registrars. The netsol ones are the only ones I've never had trouble with.

          I'm going to have to waste a few hours today unfucking a problem with enom that cannot be addressed with their website that is a 5 minute process to fix with n
          • I dunno about you but the $10-$15 I saved by using enom just went out the window.

            Pretty much says it all.
        • Sure, but Network Solutions != VeriSign

          VeriSign sold them off. They're now an independent registrar and here's what your favorite registrar said about VeriSign. From the Article:

          "I have no objection to VeriSign's continuing to run the .com registry," said W.G. Mitchell, CEO of Network Solutions (which split from VeriSign in 2003). "What I do have is an objection to it being done in a manner that gives a perpetual monopoly to a company with unregulated price increases."
      • Well .50 isn't going to kill the squatters. A significant price increase might. I hate arguing FOR price increase. But its rare when you have an unlimited commodity like domains that you want to limit for the good of the community. Only way to create such limits is though controlled pricing.
    • This is ONLY a concern to the people interested in owning thousands of names.
      Personally we should go back to $100 with a money pot that reinvest $90 of that to infrastructure or something of the sort.

      Going to $100/yr registration will not necessarily bring in more money. It would very likely get rid of most true domain squatters, but many of those squatters are actually domain kiters [wikipedia.org]. Kiting is a problem that is not solved by upping the cost, it's solved by changing the terms on the 5-day grace period in

      • It doesn't need to bring in more money though.. But the general idea is that excess money should go somewhere.

        Kitters aren't a HUGE problem as I'm sure there are limits to how often you can do it per domain. And if they eventually buy it to turn it into a permanent page... Whatever..
  • Honestly ... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ScrewMaster (602015) on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:18AM (#18633133)
    With complaints about the pair running back to 2002, what can we the public do to get our elected representatives to take the great domain name ripoff seriously?

    Honestly, probably not much. We live in the decade of the Bush Administration, Halliburton, Iraq, the Patriot Act ... a load of crap that is so massive that DNS probably isn't even on the radar for our "elected misrepresentatives" even assuming they understand it or grasp the significance of it. Congress has become rather disconnected from the public it nominally serves, and Verisign and ICANN aren't even remotely in touch with anything resembling reality. That whole "SiteFinder" episode showed very clearly how far out in left field Verisign's upper management is standing.
    • Remind me again the significance of a 50 cent increase in domain names?

      I'd vote against any representative that decided to waste any time on this.
      • Well, how much does it cost to run the root servers? It would be nice if Verisign were required to justify their increases in terms of dollars spent, rather than just a cavalier "we need the money to make your domains more secure." What the hell does that mean, anyway?

        They are, after all, managing a public resource of global proportions. So some accountability would be in order. And no I didn't read the fucking article.
        • Why? Does your company pay you just enough for you to eat? I you get a bonus, do they demand you to prove your cost of food went up or that you had a kid or something increasing your expenses?
    • by operagost (62405)

      Honestly, probably not much. We live in the decade of the Bush Administration, Halliburton, Iraq, the Patriot Act ...
      ... the incessant repetition of Democratic Party talking points on Slashdot ...
      • I know, and I'm a Republican anyway. Well, used to be ... it's getting harder and harder to identify with what passes for Republicanism anymore, at least in Washington. But my point is just that there's a lot of other crap occupying the tiny minds in Congress, and that there probably isn't enough mental wattage left to deal with anything else.
      • by rewinn (647614)

        >incessant repetition of Democratic Party talking points on Slashdot

        Well, to be honest, the top post started it by talking about ExxonMobil ... which AFAIK does not do domain names.

    • Boo ho, this is a far cry from what .com used to cost. I just jack the domain names up a few bucks. Only people 50 cent increases are gona impact are domain name squatters. I say lets get the pricing up to $25-$35 for a domain. We'll see squatters start dropping like flies.
      • by jZnat (793348) *
        You whippersnappers have it easy nowadays! Back in my day, we had to remember server IP addresses and their phone numbers, and we liked it!
  • Priorities (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:32AM (#18633271)
    It never ceases to amaze me what will stir outrage in some people. Now we're looking at an extra $.42 per year. Wow. Lose a third of your pay in taxes (or more if you add in sales tax, fees, etc) and no one complains. A domain name goes up $.42 per year and the world comes to an end. I work for a small ISP here in NYC and even business people will whine about $20 per month extra for an Internet connection based upon multiple T-1s yet they have no problem spending $3,500 or more per month for their rent. This despite the fact that they called us because their DSL is down for three days.

    A friend once mentioned that it is easier for people to pay indirect costs no matter how much they are than to fathom a direct cost. Maybe it's just this aspect of mental laziness that is the cause. Or possibly it is an excuse to vent or a combination of both.
  • by muszek (882567) on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:35AM (#18633301) Homepage
    Try finding a decent domain name these days. Everything's taken and a vast majority of registered domains are parked. I wish domains would cost like $50 or $100 per year. The extra cash could go to charity.

    I was hosting my friend's site for 2 or 3 years. Completely irrelevant domain name (htskrotownik.org) which will never be of any use to anyone. It got PageRank 1 (could be 2 before). Anyways, he abandoned the site and didn't renew the domain. It was picked up in no time after it was back on the market and is happily parked ever since.
    • Every variation of my name was parked when I tried to register a domain. I find this ridiculous since it isn't a particularly common name. Nevermind the fact that my name wouldn't have made a very good domain anyway. I eventually settled on Rogertheshrubber.net. The email is lovely. I still haven't decided what to do with the website yet.
    • Squatting sucks, but I don't think Verisign are doing this as a move against squatters. They'd didn't even *try* and use that excuse. They said they need the extra cash to "improve security and reliability".

      The real reason: It's a fair bet they did it because they can. Extra money. No loss of business. Compliant Politicians. Docile Public. Why not go for the gold?

      This isn't going to drive a single squatter out of business. 7% increase in registry prices? Buddy of mine bought a 3 letter .com domain for a fiv
  • ...contribute more money towards political influence, never expect any change. Money buys you anything in the political arena.

    I'm not trying to be a troll, just factual as to how it works here in the US as well as many other places around the world. I bet I just flushed all my karma with this comment anyway, but it needed to be said.
  • Get over it. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Eevee (535658) on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:55AM (#18633541)

    Time to go for a flamebait moderation.

    Just shut up and get over it.

    This is the first price increase since 1999, at less than the rate of inflation, over a bit of pocket change. 42 cents? I've likely got a hundred times that in loose pennies scattered around the house. If you've got a domain and it's not worth an extra four dimes and two pennies, then drop it because it wasn't worth jack in the first place. There are things worth complaining about and this isn't one of them.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Intron (870560)
      Why should the price go up? Every cost in the computer industry is going down. Look at $/GB of storage or $/MIPS CPU or $/MBPS network, for examples. Also, have you ever heard of economies of scale? As the number of domains skyrockets, the cost per domain to administer should be falling through the floor.

      The problem with monopolies is that they have no incentive to become more efficient.
      • Well, if the price raise ($0.42) is lower than the inflationary adjustment of $6 over 8 years, then, technically it did go down.
      • by morganew (194299) *
        First, VeriSign doesn't administer domains, they are a Registry [wikipedia.org]. NetSol and GoDaddy are Registrars [wikipedia.org], and they administer domains (the wiki is kinda weak on the explanations, but think of Registrars as middlemen). After Oct. 15, which is when the increase will take effect, the registry price for a .com name will be $6.42 and the registry price for a .net name will be $3.85. At present, Net Sol marks up domain names about 480 percent!

        Second, the lower price of storage and CPUs have very little effect when j
      • Re:Get over it. (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Eevee (535658) on Friday April 06, 2007 @12:42PM (#18635769)

        Would you be happy if your salary went down as fast as the cost of computer equipment? I know I wouldn't be thrilled. The things involved in the registering of a domain where the costs have gone down (i.e., computers) are only a minor component; the things involved where the costs have gone up (i.e., rent, power, or people--not only salaries, but overhead costs like health insurance) are a major component.

        As far as economies of scale, it works for some things, not for others. Buying coal by the bargeload is more cost-effective than by 50-pound sacks; however, help-desk costs theoretically scale pretty much with the number of customers. (Actually, I'd expect the amount of hand-holding required to go up slightly faster than the number of customers, as the tech-savy were the early adopters so the clueful-to-clueless ratio can only get worse...)

  • by SuperBanana (662181) on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:58AM (#18633569)

    what can we the public do to get our elected representatives to take the great domain name ripoff seriously

    Stop buying domain names. 90% of the people (who aren't domain squatters) who have them, don't need them.

    Seriously. It used to be that people used (gasp) hostnames under domain names, and subdirectories under those.

    I know people who have three domain names for different kinds of personal websites; one domain name has their "video blog", another has their homepage, a third has their "buisness"(hobby.)

    Realistically, there should be quotas- individuals aren't really the problem, but cap them at perhaps a dozen domains, globally. Corporations? Maybe a few dozen, tops.

    Or, perhaps an exponential pricing curve based on the global number of domains you have registered; individuals won't need more than a couple for almost any reason I can think of, and companies which are making money using domain names can afford to pay quite a bit more.

    DNS will be faster, domain name squatting will cease to be a problem, etc.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by qwijibo (101731)
      You think the large scale domain squatters won't just register in the names of every homeless person they can find or make up? In your world, are these people honest, upstanding members of the community? I always found that they overlapped quite a bit with spammers and other con artists. Your plan sounds good on the surface, but would have no positive impact whatsoever if it were applied in reality.

      However, you're right about subdomains, directories, etc. Why does every movie need to have its own domain
    • by Skim123 (3322)
      I know this would be hard to enforce, but one option that would make sense here is a sliding pricing scale. Namely, the first domain name is cheap - say, $6/year - but if you want a second one that one costs $10/year. A third is $18/year, a 4th at $25/year, and so on. So if you want 100 domain names that first one is still going to cost you $6/year, but the 100th one might be $200/year.
    • The biggest single reason to buy a domain name is to get control over your own email. I got my own domain name and web host and the $10/year and $10/month is more than worth the flexibility of having email addresses that I can create and destroy at will. Whenever I sign up for a mailing list or ecommerce site, I create a new email address and forward it to my main one. If I start getting spam, I can delete that email address. I haven't found a solution as convenient anywhere else.

      So the solution isn't for

      • Something I've always wondered about: shouldn't it be easy to find large, established companies that are spamming? Just have some auditor make individual, one-use emails like that, sign up for a service, and then roast them when they violate the privacy policy?
        • by gregmac (629064)
          Sure, go ahead. But you'll be wasting your time.. most companies don't spam.

          I've been doing what the GP suggested for a long long time now (6 years probably?). I actually have a subdomain with a catch-all that goes to my main address. It's nice because I literally don't have to do anything. I just sign up with eg, slashdot@subdomain.mydomain.com. In the past 6 years, any time I've needed to sign up somewhere, I do it with of these addresses. I've gotten absolutely no "spam" to any of those addresses. That's
    • Realistically, there should be quotas- individuals aren't really the problem, but cap them at perhaps a dozen domains, globally. Corporations? Maybe a few dozen, tops.

      I have a simpler rule. Any entity with distinct legal personality is limited to registering one domain at the level immediately below any given TLD, unless the TLD belongs to the entity (so the US government can have as many .gov domains as it likes)—a similar limit might also be appropriate for many second level domains like .co.uk.

      If t

  • by xENoLocO (773565) * on Friday April 06, 2007 @09:58AM (#18633571) Homepage
    You cant have it two ways... either the government takes control of it or they don't.

    I vote they don't.
  • Monopoly Money? (Score:1, Redundant)

    by rewinn (647614)

    If Verisign indeed holds a monopoly on its service, then all the free-market talk in the world doesn't apply. With respect to the customers of the monopoply, in practical terms, how do you distinguish the holder of a monopoly from a government?

    When you control every property on the board, you can change whatever rent you want so long as the players keep rolling the dice

  • I thought.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rob1980 (941751) on Friday April 06, 2007 @10:12AM (#18633715)
    Yet the furrowed brows and promises of senators of investigations have come to nothing, even though the only people seemingly in favor of the monopoly are ICANN and VeriSign.

    I thought we wanted the government to quit trying to legislate the internet; now it seems we want them to go after VeriSign and ICANN? Which is it, do we want the government meddling with the internet or not?
    • Mod parent up. You can't sit on the fence changing arguements on government interference with the internet depending on which way the wind blows.
  • by Doc Ruby (173196) on Friday April 06, 2007 @10:20AM (#18633777) Homepage Journal
    Whatever Americans do to rein in ICANN and its VeriSign profit charity, we have to do it quick, before ICANN moves to Switzerland [slashdot.org] to avoid US control a la Halliburton.
    • by rs79 (71822)
      The US government has been adamant for a decade that control of the legacy names and numbers will always be on US soil.

      I would stake your life and mine that it will always be that way. They've funded it from the beginning and are never going to relinquish control to a bunch of furriners.

      For better or worse it's predictable and there are worse things than the US congress as oversight which is the way it works now (ICANN --> DoC --> congress).

      • by Doc Ruby (173196)
        If ICANN offshores to Switzerland, I bet the US government won't do anything to stop them. Then it will be too late. ICANN is already part of the outgoing Republicy system to cede control of the Net to WIPO and GATT. Maybe incoming Democrats will stop them, but they've got other priorities.

        I've never liked ICANN, and don't trust it to stay under US control. People like Esther Dyson are too sneaky and plugged into a multinational network that cares about the US only as a money donor.
  • I think that is should cost much more to buy a new domain name.
    It would harm spammers registering throw-away domains for each "marketing campaign".
    • by smoker2 (750216)

      I think that is should cost much more to buy a new domain name. It would harm spammers registering throw-away domains for each "marketing campaign".

      Rubbish !

      Considering that half the spam I get appears to come from my own domain through spoofing (and there is no reason to suspect the other 50% are genuine either), I don't think increasing the cost of domains will make any difference.

      As I only pay around $10/year for my domains, and the current $ - £ exchange rate is ludicrously in my favour, I think

      • by porneL (674499)
        Spammers need domains for hosting spamvertised websites. Not only e-mail is spammed with them, but also blogs/forums and search engines.
        If domains were more expensive, banning of them would be more effective.
  • This may put a crimp on domain speculators, but not on domain investors. Investors that are holding large collections of domain names will either register ahead of the price increase for multiple years, or will simply factor it into their bottom line. If someone watches the backorder lists, and does the necessary research, checks the domain's history carefully, verifies the links to the domain, double checks the rank of the domain on the search engine, and buys the non-trademarked, ex-domain of someone who

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