why are we having this discussion in the first place
domain names are not legal entities. They are administered by ICANN and it's corresponding registrars in their respective countries. ICANN has a laundry list of dispute resolution processes to deal with this kinda stuff. Why does any government entity think they have any claim on domain names?
I drive on 400 series highways daily for the last 15 years or so. From my observation over that period, 99% of drives exceed the 100 km/hr speed limit. I would guess the median speed to be around 115-120 km/hr
I would have the speed limit set around 120 km/hr if I had any say. This will likely not happen as the fines here in Ontario are tied to how much you go over the speed limit. So raising the speed limit would reduce the revenue of speeding tickets.
"The Disney Movie Appreciation Club, an organization that was set up with the goal of providing an outlet to relieve overly stressed students, had to be closed down recently due to potential license infringement."
The article is thin of facts. Who shut down the club? The university or the club itself or Disney? And why? Was the club charging admissions for watching the movies or in any other way potentially making a profit?
Their business model is failing too. Why shouldn't they get an on-line gambling franchise? But wait, there's more. My business is failing so I think I should get to run an on-line sports betting/casino operation too. Right?
A good example of in games where this applies are so called "free to play" mmorpgs
they all work on the concept of providing the game download/account registration for free and provide additional features/benefits in so called item shops/mall
I'd go one further and submit that we rename ISPs to:
IAP (Internet Access Provider)
That's all I need thanks. Access for my packets to get anywhwere on the net. I don't need anythings else from my IAP. DNS I can find elsewhere, crappy security software suites I don't need either.
Michael Geist attended the recent CRTC hearings about "network management" and used twitter to keep people up to date on the 7 day proceedings. Great dedication to a free and clear Internet and to copyright reform. His site actually led me to find techdirt in the first place.