VeriSign Can Be Sued for Losing Your Domain Name
A Federal appeals court (Ninth Circuit) has ruled that the owner of the sex.com domain, who lost the domain when VeriSgin transferred it on the basis of a forged letter, can sue VeriSign for damages resulting from VeriSign's mistake. The sex.com case is worth millions, but anyone who has lost a domain name due to VeriSign's incompetence may now be able to draw their pound of flesh straight from those entrusted with making sure the registry process works.
posted by mikewas
on Jul 27, 2003 -
the the dot
. The guy who runs the Internet Multicasting Service
teamed up with the guy who runs the Internet Software Consortium
and submitted a proposal to mange the .ORG registry. ICANN's conslutants [sic] dumped on the proposal
(300KB PDF) claiming it is among the worst proposals from a technical standpoint
. Mind you, ISC produces the software that runs the DNS and actually operates root and top-level servers. And ICANN thinks they lack the technical mojo? Wow! Are we all ready to admit that ICANN is completely corrupt and beyond saving? More info here
. (via IP
posted by chipr
on Aug 31, 2002 -
Pornographers jack domain name from Florida sheriff. Aycock said the Sheriff's Office had owned the domain name since 1995, and that its registration is current. "When I was told about this, I thought they were kidding," he said. "We dug out a receipt and we're paid up through November. When we find out who's responsible for this we're going to go after them. I am not very happy that this has happened."
The Sheriff may discover that precious few laws protect him and that prosecuting a Canadian company could be tricky. Link from Delaware Law Office
posted by mikewas
on Jul 9, 2002 -
Anyone who ever spent any time on the Domain-Policy mailing list before NetSol shut it down without warning a year or more back (it was starting to look evidentiary, you see, and they didn't want to get sued...) will be familiar with much of what's in this Salon piece
about John "Gnu" Gilmore, CORE, ICANN('t), and the Great Domain Registration Fiasco.
posted by baylink
on Jul 3, 2002 -
Are these the hardest domains in the world to register,
despite the changes that took effect 1 July 2002? Businesses can now own more than one domain name and the new .id.au domain space provides somewhere for individuals to live, but there are still many restrictions, not the least of which is the 21,322 word exclusion list
Given the recent instances of domain hijinks discussed here, it is not surprising to see that it has already started
in the .au world.
Are these restrictions good or bad news for the .au domain space?
posted by dg
on Jul 1, 2002 -
The Washington Post's tech site was hacked yesterday. Here's the text
(via FuckedCompany) that appeared after the hack and before the WaPo crew shut the site down. As of tonight, it is still not back up at its own domain
. Not sure why this gives me glee. I just wish one day someone could hack something and leave something profound in the way of a message.
posted by brookish
on Jan 29, 2002 -
"Google effect" reduces need for many domains.
Dan Gillmor says effective search engines can and should stop people from freaking out that "Wah! All the good .com names are taken" and compulsively registering all the .biz, .info, .tv, .to, and other .crap domains which the registrars would like us to believe are vital.
Bob Frankston agrees
, [link via Ev] adding that reducing our dependence on semantic (i.e. keywordy) web addresses will improve the stability and usefulness of the web.
(I agree too!)
posted by Tubes
on Jan 14, 2002 -
Take that Meatfilter.com... On Monday, Oct. 1, the FTC plans to announce the beginning of a campaign against scores of Web sites that capitalize on typo variants of popular domain names in order to dupe unsuspecting Internet surfers.
I think this is a good thing, but how far can the US government truly influence shady internet practices? Should it even try?
posted by thewittyname
on Oct 1, 2001 -
Internet Domain Names May Have Warned of Attacks
“Internet domain names like 'attackontwintowers.com' and 'worldtradetowerattack.com' were registered more than a year ago. It's not known at this time who registered the suspicious names or what their purpose was.” Hmm. Just (un)lucky guesses, or inside information?
posted by kd
on Sep 19, 2001 -
NTIA to sell admin rights to .us domain
Flying mostly under the radar of the mass media, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration is getting ready to sell off admin rights to the .us domain, which has largely been the province of state and local governments and their various departments. Libraries, schools, etc. argue that the namespace is a "public trust" and should not be turned over to the highest bidder for commercial interests.
posted by briank
on Jul 23, 2001 -
Meatfilter? Mistyped URL
's usually serve you up a porn site, annoying ads, or endless spawning windows. This one though, gave me a chuckle.
note: you probably don't want to click on any of the links 'cept for the meatfilter one
posted by skwm
on May 14, 2001 -
Too delicious for words:
A guy registers walmartcanadasucks.com. Wal-Mart sues. Guy wins. Guy sues Wal-Mart to get them to fork over all the walmartcanadasucks.x they registered defensively after he registered the .com. Cajones, mi amigo.
posted by NortonDC
on Apr 12, 2001 -
Go Daddy Domains
1 Year ($8.95/yr).....$8.95
2 Years ($8.75/yr)...$17.50
3 Years ($8.55/yr)...$25.65
5 Years ($8.05/yr)...$40.25
8 Years ($7.45/yr)...$59.60
10 Years ($6.95/yr)...$69.50
Getting a domain name has never been easier or more affordable!
Yeah, or so they say. So far, I can't seem to find a catch. It just sounds funny to me when they say that you'll be using Go Daddy software
to get your domain. Maybe I'm being too cynical? Maybe this is
just an honest-to-goodness, good deal?
What about it, MeFiers, what's the bottom line, here?
posted by lizardboy
on Mar 6, 2001 -
Feeling Safe about the Keeper of Domain Names
Anyone notice that at least at 10:30am EST that Network Solutions homepage brings up an Error page? Doesn't that make us all feel safe.
And then there was the Registrars.com registrar transfer form which didn't think the domain I was trying to transfer had been registered (but if you used their WHOIS it showed it was).
posted by matte
on Jan 31, 2001 -
If you tried to switch hosting services only to have your domain held hostage, and if no one else can help, maybe you can hire DomainRescue
posted by jjg
on Dec 5, 2000 -
Who are these guys?
And why have they registered a thousand or more domains, only to have them all point at the same generic portal? I bumped into them three times today while doing searches for DHTML
, Budd Uggly
, and boxing
. No banners, no logo, no company info, and search results are a framed page from goto.com. Strange.
posted by nikzhowz
on Nov 18, 2000 -
ICANN announces new international TLDs
Apparently they resolved the problem of businesses buying up their domain names in the new namespaces by choosing TLDs that no one would want.
Visit me at www.rattanchairs.info! My personal web site is www.ryan.name...
posted by rschram
on Nov 16, 2000 -
All of this talk about madonna.com and string.com seems to me to be just a mad scramble to grab a 'scarce' resource (ie. the .com TLD). The only problem is that the scarcity is completely artificial.
Networking expert and lawyer Karl Auerbach
has just been elected to ICANN as the US at-large rep on a platform of reducing ICANN's role from it current one as a overreaching international law making body.
He says that the DNS system is capable of handling far more than just a few top-level domains like .com, .org, .net, .uk, .au etc. He says it could handle millions
posted by lagado
on Oct 17, 2000 -
Free domains, it looks like.
Register a .cc domain, and get some coupons to register some .com domains. The catch seems to be is that the .cc people are the administrative contact for the first year, which I guess means they "own" it. Should be okay though, as long as you don't do anything naughty
posted by endquote
on Jul 12, 2000 -
.ca slightly less tightarsed
En tout cas, the Canadian domain administration has "streamlined" its application process (like an NSI manqué), but hasn't improved its Victorian-era rules (one domain per entity, hard to get a .ca, etc.). But
searches now only show if a domain is or isn't available, not who owns it. Ewww.
posted by joeclark
on May 25, 2000 -
dot-god domains now available!
Don't get too excited yet, though. You can register, if you're lucky, because the server's overloaded. And once you do register, you can't actually use the thing until July. But still, get in now, while the getting's good. Full details are available in the email from the registrar
posted by endquote
on May 24, 2000 -
Unbelievable news nugget of the day: my friend Matt Lavallee has been slapped with a cease-and-desist order from the Mattel Toy Corporation
for his personal domain, mattl.com
. I guess no one with a name that sounds like a misspelled company is allowed to buy domains from now on? Something needs to be done, corporations do not
own the web.
posted by mathowie
on May 8, 2000 -
Here's a little run-in I had with a cybersquatter
while trying to secure a domain name for a company I'm starting.
Apologies ahead of time for being self-serving in using my home page there (promise it won't happen again!), but I had no other place to write the content. Hope you guys will have a look and give me an opinion on things! If anything, it's good for a quick laugh even though I'm completely disgusted at the fact people make a living off leeching off hard-working individuals like you and me in such a manner.
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Apr 12, 2000 -
isn't to happy with 2600 Magazine
registering the domain www.fucknbc.com
. They have threatened
legal action against 2600.
Is this fair, or is it another example of Big Business wanting to control other people's opinions and expressions?
posted by da5id
on Mar 27, 2000 -
Here's a nice survey of geographic location
of domain name ownership. I was surprised to see that people in Los Angeles own more domains than San Francisco
, but I assume the researcher didn't lump all the Silicon Valley cities together to get that number. I'm sure a "Bay Area" grouping would be number one. Of the .com, .org, and .net addresses, the US still leads the world with 2/3 of all addresses in that domainspace, so I guess the web will continue to be American-centric for some time.
posted by mathowie
on Feb 14, 2000 -
The delay in adding new top level domains drags on,
and there seems to be no solution in sight. ICANN can't agree on whether or not to add new TLDs like .biz, .cars, or .corp., but they are discussing it at an upcoming meeting in March. I would hope they add enough domains to make domain squatting difficult, but I bet large corporations will just buy everything with their name it anyway, and fight over others' use of their name with a different TLD. What a mess.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 28, 2000 -