The Domain Market is irrational but does that mean your registry should be on Pricing?
The graph above represents the spectrum of potential retail prices and the corresponding number of domains with equal or greater estimated rational value to that price. The question is that if the world was rational and transparent then what number of domains could justify a value above retail. In this illustrated example the greatest number of domains multiplied by the retail price shows that based of the extensions inherent value the best fit for retail price is $50 per domain. Of course the world isn't rational,...Read more
New gTLD Registries cannot own their domains! - or can they?
Traditionally registries have been forbidden from owning domains other than for those “reasonable and necessary for the management and operations of the TLD.” New applicants seem to believe that the separation between Registry – Registrar – Registrant doesn’t exist anymore. If those restrictions still exist a number of applicant business plans will be cut to ribbons.
This issue is addressed in Specification 9, section 1, REGISTRY CODE OF CONDUCT of the New GTLD Agreement Specifications page 54.
1.In connection with the operation of the registry for the TLD, Registry Operator will not, and...Read more