I disagree with you because the domain name system essentially is a privately run system that's simply become popular. There's not much to stop someone from starting a competing DNS and if they offer what people want, it'll get used.
I'm tempted to agree with you because the way things work at the moment it's getting unfair, since they essentially have a monopoly. The problem is that if and when NSI suddenly gets legislation slapped on it as a result of being popular, it sets a bad precedent.
By the same precedent, spam companies can successfully sue the RBL for publishing its opinion about "who's a spammer" on the grounds that lots and lots of ISP's respect it's opinion. It's built up a reputation for being good, and suddenly it's not allowed to be good because some moron doesn't like it's opinion.
Again by the same precedent, rusty could potentially be ordered not to edit content of kuro5hin on the grounds that lots of people use the site and don't want their comments being edited.
So to sum up, slapping rules on entities that have a good idea after everyone has begun to rely on them sets a bad precedent. Perhaps we need some other sort of solution, but changing the rules afterwards isn't the best way, IMHO.
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