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    It Is Not Just Unregistered Names
    by jberryhill on Wednesday September 17 2003, @05:13AM (#12230)
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    The Sitefinder page is also generated for (a) domain names with no nameservers, (b) domain names in the redemption grace period (RGP) and (c) domain names on registrar hold. The names may indeed to be registered to someone, and that someone might very well object to the use of their name by Verisign, along the same lines as the register.com parking page claim.

    The fact that RGP names are included provides extremely valuable intelligence to a few insiders at Verisign. They are in a position to know, with certainty, the traffic levels on domain names which are soon to be released. In conjunction with the wait-list service, this information is a gold mine.

    The fact that Verisign is resolving on-hold names also frustrates reliance on the way things have historically worked. Take UDRP-cancelled domain names, for example. Bodacious-tatas.com was cancelled in a UDRP proceeding. To prevent resolution of that domain name, the complainant filed a lawsuit in India, where lawsuits move slowly enough to permanently keep a domain name on ice. Despite these efforts, Verisign is now earning pay-per-click revenue on the domain, and Verisign will be the only party to be able to earn revenue from this domain name for the foreseeable future.

    Verisign will, of course, obtain John Zuccarini's revenue stream in the event that the court handling the Zuccarini case orders his domain names to be pulled out of the root. Again, nice timing.
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    Re:It Is Not Just Unregistered Names
    by jimrutt on Wednesday September 17 2003, @08:48AM (#12233)
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    duh, VRSN could have had that intelligence (what typos and RGP names are commonly used) without offering the service.

    ===================== been there, done that
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    Re:It Is Not Just Unregistered Names
    by jimrutt on Wednesday September 17 2003, @01:31PM (#12240)
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    >Verisign is now earning pay-per-click revenue
    >on the domain, and Verisign will be the only
    >party to be able to earn revenue from this
    >domain name for the foreseeable future

    so? how is this any different than Microsoft exploiting it's structural near-monopoly to offer it's (lame) typo service? I thought competition was supposed to be a good thing!

    I see a lot of reflexive NSI hating here.

    ===================== been there, done that
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