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Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Fictitious Registrars, Racketeering & ICANN

"If it is determined that concealment and deception involving the true ownership of
Internet domain names is the ordinary course of business of ICANN-accredited registrars who
have colluded to misappropriate and counterfeit the names, trademarks and service marks of
other parties in their registration and use of Internet domain names, then it is Transamerica’s
position that such conduct represents the predicate act for a pattern of illegal business activity
within the meaning of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations ("RICO") provisions
of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-1968 (1982)."

So states Bruce A. McDonald in Transamerica Corporation's Response to Request for Comments Regarding the GNSO's WhoIs Task Force's "Preliminary Task Force Report on the Purpose of WhoIs and of the WhoIs Contacts."

Transamerica lays out a stunning indictment of ICANN's domain registrar sector with a j'accuse example demonstrating fraudulent registrations, multiple fictitious registrars and a web of deceit. This is absolute must reading.

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