ICANN Email Archives: [comments-closed-generic-05feb13]: Date: Thu, 07 Mar 201--
Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Fadi Chehadé, President & CEO
Mr. Cherine Chalaby, Chair of the New gTLD Committee
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
12025 Waterfront Drive, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90094
I'm writing as president of the Authors Guild, the largest society of book authors in the U.S., representing more than 8,000 published writers. We strongly object to ICANN's plans to sell the exclusive top-level domain rights for generic book-industry terms, such as .book, .author, and .read. Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive, allowing already dominant, well-capitalized companies to expand and entrench their market power. The potential for abuse seems limitless. ICANN, of all entities, should be mindful of the critical need to maintain an open, freely competitive Internet. Please rethink this project.