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    Alternate Roots FTC Shuts Down .USA
    posted by michael on Monday March 11 2002, @10:15AM

    grumpy writes "The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has obtained an injunction in federal court in Chicago to shut down the www.dotusa.com web site, sellers of putative domain names in ".USA" and other alt-root TLDs of their own invention (.brit, .sex, etc.)."

    Among the justifications cited, interestingly, is that other alt-root DN registries and registrars are more forthcoming about the fact that their names don't resolve without DNS adjustments at the user or ISP level. The defendants haven't done themselves any favors through using spam to promote their TLDs or by having a somewhat checkered past in the UK legal system.

    The FTC press release is available online, as are PDFs of various court filings in the case (see sidebar of press release). Interestingly, the TRO is due to expire tomorrow... no indication yet whether the injunction has been made permanent.

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    Re: Why New.net? Because...
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday March 13 2002, @06:23PM (#5263)
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    New.net has been clear from the beginning about how their domain names work. I first introduced new.net to ICANNWatchers the day they opened for business and have monitored them quite closely ever since. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a new.net registrant, and have never had any other connection to the company. The only claim I can fault them on, and that is fairly recent, is here (the text is part of a .gif picture, not text) which states:
    .SHOP Web address is... great domain for search engine rankings
    There are over 500 so-called 'search engines' online, from Google to outright scams and spam harvesters. None of the top 10 search engines, which account for over 95% of all online searches, give any preference to new.net names for search engine rankings, indeed, they will only accept submissions of EG: foobar.shop.new.net, not foobar.shop.

    This has been pointed out to new.net by their own registrants but they continue to make what I consider to be a false (or at the very least, misleading) claim.

    As to them running out of money in April 2001, their continued existence almost a year later seems to refute that claim. Perhaps you are thinking of ICANN who claims to be poverty stricken. -g

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    Re: ADNS Statement
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday March 15 2002, @05:50PM (#5321)
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    On the adns.net front page just now was a banner exchange banner. I clicked on it and was taken here, where they have banner links to dotusa.com (no longer functional). Does that mean adns was making referral money from dotusa.com? -g
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