Lawsuits and Judicial Decisions Are You a Doe, Dear?
posted by michael on Friday February 27 2004, @03:12AM

jberryhill writes "The Verisign complaint against ICANN leaves room for another 50 odd "Doe" defendants, who have acted in concert with or otherwise aided ICANN in foiling Verisign's efforts to bring about a millenial reign of goodness and light in the DNS.

For example, in paragraph 97 of the complaint, injunctive relief is sought against ICANN and "others" who "interfere with, limit, restrict, impede, or delay the implementation and operation of Site Finder."

Paging Paul Vixie and certain IETF members, there is a Mr. Doe on line one, and he'd like a few bucks."

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Thanks for the trip to Bizzaro World
by GeorgeK on Friday February 27 2004, @01:18PM (#13034)
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I read the entire complaint, and it is hilarious. I truly wonder if in VeriSign's world "up" is down, and "down" is up.

I did learn one other thing, though -- namely where the bottom half of law school graduates end up working.... (although in Bizzaro World, they are the top half!). :)
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Re:Hints of this on the tinydns list
by ldg on Friday February 27 2004, @09:48PM (#13038)
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So the John Does may end up including any major isps that block sitefinder for all of their customers.

I would find that very interesting. If an ISP, which is a private network, chooses to implement a blocking device for any IP address (the SiteFinder server) for their own customers they would have the right to do so. Heck, they block protocols and ports all the time, redirect URLs and use filters for spam, adult sites, etc. If the customers complained, it would then be in their best interests to change make adjustments, but they sure don't have to. OTOH, if the registry implements something that interferes with the ISPs current applications, they most certainly must do whatever is necessary to restore functionality. If the registry implements something that the ISPs can't remedy with work-arounds, I'd betcha they would turn around and sue Verisign just as quickly and be able to show losses and expenses to boot.

I would be fascinated to see a court rule against a private network owner on such an issue and wonder how the judges would react to receiving that much more spam as a result of filters not working any longer, or their email being lost in a black hole, or their actions tracked without having been able to opt-out prior to that tracking being done?

It would be a sad day, IMO, if a registry were able to force another business operation to kowtow to implementations that cause the ISP and its customers harm. Verisign's complaining that they are being caused harm is spurious, IMO, since what they consider to be innovation is, instead, harming so many others who are now doing what they can to route around the damage.

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