Verisign/NSI Verisign in violation of the NASA Act?
posted by michael on Thursday October 02 2003, @11:33AM

Anonymous writes "If you type into your browser www.shuttle-nasa.com or nasa-sucks.com it would redirect back to VeriSign's site finder. Doesn't this violate the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958?" In 1997 Nasa used this act to shutdown nasa.com. See Wired, Nasa.com Back in Orbit



Text of the Act:

MISUSE OF AGENCY NAME AND INITIALS
Sec. 311.
(a) No person (as defined by section 305) may
(1) knowingly use the words "National Aeronautics and Space Administration" or the letters "NASA", or any combination, variation, or colorable imitation of those words or letters either alone or in combination with other words or letters, as a firm or business name in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such firm or business has some connection with, endorsement of, or authorization from, the National Aeronautics and Space Ad ministration which does not, in fact, exist; or
(2) knowingly use those words or letters or any combination, variation, or colorable imitation thereof either alone or in combination with other words or letters in connection with any product or service being offered or made available to the public in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such product or service has the authorization, support, sponsorship, or endorsement of, or the development, use, or manufacture by or on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration which does not, in fact, exist.

(b) Whenever it appears to the Attorney General that any person is engaged in an act or practice which constitutes or will constitute conduct prohibited by subsection (a), the Attorney General may initiate a civil proceeding in a district court of the United States to enjoin such act or practice.

[Editor's Note: I'll guess that it wouldn't create liability, since Sitefinder doesn't give the impression of NASA authorization or sponsorship. Other views? -mf]

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Olympic, too...
by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Thursday October 02 2003, @11:47AM (#12352)
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If so, then they're also in violation of the part of the USC that deals with the word "Olympic" as well.

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