I read recently that the reign of .com could be compared to the rule of spain all over the world
Yes once an empire ..... then retreat , the world changes very quickly these days indeed
What about leasing ?
Think of it from the perspective of a guy in Germany who speaks no English.
I don't know what the German word for "commerce/commercial" is and I'm too lazy to find out, but lets just say it's Shnellenflugel. Now, lets say that the Germans invented domain names and as such, decided that commercial names would be designated the .shnell extension.
Here you are, from an English speaking country.
The internet supernova bursts, and everywhere you look, it's .shnell, .shnell, .shnell.
It seems odd, doesn't it?
Well, that's how "dot com" appears to non English speakers and its also why certain ccTLDs made so much sense. When you look at the countries where ccTLDs have made an impact, they're a) European b) have generally high internet saturation and c) non English speaking. It only makes sense that over time, as internet saturation increases into more and more non English speaking countries, the role of the ccTLD (or, country-centric gTLD) will be more and more and more and that .coms dominance will decline. I'm pretty much a .com or die kinda guy, but I can see the writing on the wall.