Source: Thursday, March 24th, 2011

CNBC's "Squawk On The Street" Covers New gTLD's & .XXX Staring The Heads Of CentralNic & CADNA: "Has The Internet Out Grown Dotcom?"

"The segment discussed whether adding more domains for websites will have big implications for both consumers and companies."

Ben Crawford of CentralNic and Dot Brand Solutions and Josh Bourne, the head of the The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA).

"Josh I had no idea domain names were being abused." said the host of the show

Josh Borne said:

"Well they have been."

"Domain names have grown to almost 210 million registrations worldwide, basically the reason is because it pays so much to to use brand names to confuse consumers and trick them into harmful scenarios."

Should there be a .XXX domain? Asked the host:

Mr. Borne replied:

"No one was for .XXX, the right, the left, even the adult entertainment industry .

However, those in the domain industry believes they can sell a lot of domain names to brand owners who don't want their brand associated with .XXX or the adult entertainment industry who are happy using the .Com they have now and don't want their content blocked"

"No one wanted its other than the companies that want to sell the domains."

Mr. Crawford then said:

"what brands want to do is to allow brands to get their own TLD...and give them complete control over the extension."

Why would we not do that? asks the host:

Ben said ICANN "has been working for a couple years on this to allow these TLD's for brands, cities and communities that want their own extension, who are ready to to apply for them as soon as ICANN fires the starting pistol."

The co-host of the show then ask Mr. Bourne why would it cost consumers more money if these extensions are allowed? to which Bourne replied:

"Globally over 90% of all Internet traffic is going to .Com. sites"

"With the huge amount of third party infringement domains, we know parties that ownn 30,000, 40,000 and 50,000 third party infringements its hard to protect consumers from fraud, they expect in the near future 20 times more extensions and there is no chance that companies can keep up with it."

"In a world where consumers know to go to a .brands only is 5, 10 15 years away you have to undo and retrain people how to navigate the Internet."

The co-host concluded:

"Although If there was one group who would know what they wanted to seek out, it would be those seeking out .xxx"

Its an interesting discussion and you should check out the video tape which you can do by clicking here.

Mr. Bourne's argument is heavily skewed in favor of the trademark groups as always.

He said that there are 210 domain registration worldwide, because of all the trademark infringing domains, but then says that 90% of the traffic goes to the .Com extension, which as we know only accounts for half of all domain registrations or 105 Million.

So there is a logically disconnect.

To attributed the vast majority of worldwide domain registrations to trademark infringing domain is simply ridiculous and undermines Mr. Bourne's argument.

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